The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure says the best option for road access to the Old Fort community is to continue using the existing road alignment.
Landslides in 2018 and 2020 cut off access to Old Fort Road, the only road in and out of the community of about 150 residents south of Fort St. John. The ministry launched a review in fall 2020 to examine long-term access reliability to the community, including the identification of possible alternative routes.
"Each of the proposed alternative routes failed to demonstrate a superior alignment and it was determined that the best option is to pursue improvements to the existing route," the ministry stated in an information bulletin released Wednesday. "Reliability, cost, geotechnical, structural, environmental, hydrotechnical, and constructability were all considerations in the study."
The ministry said it will continue with further geotechnical assessments to identify potential improvements for Old Fort Road to improve reliability for residents, and to make the road more resilient to future effects of climate change.
Read the ministry's full report below:
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