Province, village cooperating on road issue

  • Sep. 16, 2013 3:00 p.m.

A long-standing road alignment issue in Queen Charlotte is being straightened out, thanks to cooperation between the province and the village. Part of Bay Street, which runs from the library past the Living and Learning School to 3rd St., is on private property, with privately owned buildings on the right of way, according to the Ministry of Highways. “The owner doesn’t want the road running on his property. I think he wants his ocean front property, which is totally reasonable,” Queen Charlotte’s Chief Administrative Officer Peter Weeber said, “so in order to do that they (Highways) had to talk to some of the neighbours to see if they would be willing to move the road over.” The ministry is responsible because it agreed to deal with some road issues that existed before the village incorporated in 2005. “Prior to incorporation, Bay Street was part of the road network of the Ministry of Transportation. When the Village of Queen Charlotte incorporated, the ministry committed to addressing the longstanding need to realign the road. Bay Street is a municipal road, and once the realignment is completed, the ministry’s involvement will end,” the ministry’s Kate Trotter said. The realignment is required to ensure unimpeded access for residents and first responders, said Ms Trotter, and the work will begin once the agreements are in place with property owners. But details of the work won’t be known until all those agreements are in place.

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