A driver passes Agate Beach along a relatively open stretch of Towhill Road. Much of the unpaved portion is partially covered by forest canopy.

A driver passes Agate Beach along a relatively open stretch of Towhill Road. Much of the unpaved portion is partially covered by forest canopy.

Trees may removed from unpaved stretch of Towhill Road

More than 20 single trees may be removed from along the unpaved stretch of Towhill Road for traffic safety.

More than 20 trees may be removed from along the unpaved stretch of Towhill Road for traffic safety.

O’Brien Road & Bridge Maintenance says the removals are needed given increased traffic from tourists and locals, plus recent surface improvements that allow drivers to go faster on the 80 km/h road.

So far, the company has identified 20 trees that narrow the road between the end of the pavement and the bridge at White Creek. More trees will be selected for removal along the stretch from White Creek to the end of Towhill Road at the Hiellen River.

If it goes ahead, the tree removals will begin in March.

O’Brien is offering an on-site review to anyone who would like to see the plan firsthand.

“As residents, we also enjoy the beauty and uniqueness of Towhill Road,” said a notice from the company, which notes how the road is in many places covered by forest canopy.

“We are aware that the removal of trees is a concern for everyone who uses this road, which is why we wish to open a dialogue with you, our neighbours, regarding this important work.”

Islanders can register for the site tour until Jan. 31 or make comments by phoning 250-557-4282 or emailing obrqcm@qcislands.net with “Towhill Trees” in the subject line.

O’Brien Road & Bridge has been contracted to maintain Towhill Road since 1988, and has discussed the tree removals plan with B.C.’s Ministry of Transportation.

 

Towhill Tree Removal