Driving on roads of ruin south of Kamloops

Residents say conditions are so bad that some routes are impassable

“It’s just unbelievable.”

That’s how Jim Carroll describes the state of roads near his family home in Beresford, south of Kamloops.

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Each year, Carroll said, when the mercury rises and snow melts, the roads — Deleeuw Road, Scott Road and Rose Hill Road — heave and jerk.

But 2019 is like never before, he said.

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Jim and Sherry Carroll are among nearly 200 residents dealing with hazardous roads along route to their homes, businesses in Knutsford. Just outside of city boundaries, the Argo maintained roads of pavement and secondary dirt roads have been all but impassable. Calls to both Argo Road and Ministry offices have not brought help quickly. Jim Carrol says in his many years of travelling along the stretch of Rose Hill, Deleeuw and Scott roads, he's never seen it so bad. - Dave Eagles/KTW

“We’ve been there 25 years and it’s never been this bad,” Carroll told KTW.

“It can be impassible. This morning we almost didn’t make it out and I don’t know if we’re going to make it back.”

The Carrolls and their neighbours have asked government officials for help, but say their claims have largely fallen on deaf ears.

“We called the Ministry of Transportation and they put some rock in so they could at least get an ambulance in, if needed,” Carroll said.

The Carrolls were told by a ministry staffer this spring that something would be done, but nothing has happened.

Sherry Carroll, Jim’s wife, said a ministry worker visited the site to see things for himself.

“He drove out and said they were going to do something one day,” she said.

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Source: Dave Eagles/KTW

“We just beg and say, ‘Please.’ What do we do if it’s an emergency?”

B.C. Ministry of Transportation did not make anyone available to speak to KTW for this story, but did provide a statement acknowledging that the roads in question fall under its jurisdiction.

“During the spring, as roads thaw, the overall strength of the roads decreases,” the statement reads.

“The ministry places load restrictions on our highways and roads in an effort to prevent as much as possible any further road damage.”

According to the statement, roads in the Kamloops area are presently restricted to between 40 per cent and 70 per cent axle weight.

“Whether a result of abnormal strength loss this season or lack of compliance with our restrictions, we have seen more damage to local roads than in recent years, including those referenced in the Rose Hill area,” the statement reads.

“Argo Road Maintenance has been taking steps to temporarily repair the damage to the roads. Planning for the necessary long-term repairs to the damaged roads is currently underway; however, until the roads dry out and drain naturally, work cannot begin.”

Jim Carroll said he just wants to know he and his family can get to and from their home as required.

“It just needs to be passable,” he said. “It doesn’t need to be a four-lane highway, but having it passible would be good.”

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