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2012-05-29 at 17:17

Repairing the damage

By Jeff Labine, tbnewswatch.com
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The repairs to a section of Highway 11/17 near Vibert Road that leads into the community of Kakabeka Falls could take up to two weeks to repair.

A large portion of road collapsed following massive flooding. Construction crews began removing dirt and sections of concrete from the area leaving a large hole in the middle of the road.

Oliver-Paipoonge mayor Lucy Kloosterhuis said construction workers will have to wait until the water stops flowing before they can begin repairing it. She said the OPP expected the road to be up and running within two weeks.

With the main road leading into the Kakabeka Falls out of commission, Kloosterhuis said she was glad that it wasn’t tourist season.

“The road to Kakabeka is fine but that section is going to take a while to be repaired,” Kloosterhuis said.

“This isn’t going to be any help to the businesses. I know they said that from 11/17 from Shabaqua, Ont. to Vibert Road is going to be open today. Vibert Road is our responsibility and its repairs should be completely by next week.”

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Kloosterhuis said small vehicles would have to trouble traveling along Oliver Road to get to Kakabeka but she was interested to know what roads transport trucks would be taking. She guessed that the trucks could go down Oliver Road as well but added that stretch of road wasn’t designed for heavy trucks.

Most likely the trucks would go down Highway 102, she said.

OPP Const. Diana Cole said in her five years on the force it’s the biggest washout she’s witnessed so far. She said the road that received the most damage was the TransCanada Highway.

“We still have a number of road washouts in Conmee Township that are being repaired,” Cole said. “It’s open to local traffic only so if you are traveling westbound use Highway 102. Highway 11/17 from the Harbour Expressway to Highway 130 is open. I’m only aware of the highway conditions.”

The following roads are still closed:

• Highway 11/17 in Oliver-Paipoonge
• Highway 130 to Fraser Road
• Highway 590 west of Kakabeka Falls in Comnee closed to Highway 102

Cole wanted to remind everyone to stay away from the water as it is still moving quickly and the earth can move away at any time.
Conmee reeve Kevin Holland said the township is still in a state of emergency but they have opened the township roads to local traffic only and not to those traveling through. All roads remain closed to school bus until further notice, he said.

“It’s going to be a while before we’re back to normal,” Holland said. “We have to have structural testing done to our bridges by an engineering firm just to assess if there are any issues as a result of the increased water flow.”

He added residents could get more information on road conditions by visiting the township’s website.


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Zoe says:
Just a note Hwy 590 isn't anywhere near Dawson Road.
5/29/2012 8:45:32 PM
newsreader says:
I wonder if they mean hwy 11/17 between 590 and 102?
5/30/2012 10:11:58 AM
countrychick says:
Zoe@ It is closed at the start of dawson road ( commonly referred to as sistones corner) upto the start of 590... Dawson road is the alternate route for those heading to thunder bay from the west..... :)
5/30/2012 8:41:14 AM
Mazda323 says:
Good thing truck traffic hasn't been banned from Dawson Road, seems it's the only one that is still intact.
5/30/2012 8:55:47 AM
bluebear1985 says:
I know that Vibert Road is right by the beginning of Highway 130, but Fraser Road isn't. It intersects with Highway 11/17.
5/30/2012 11:56:39 AM
james1 says:
Dawson Road,without it for the commercial flow of traffic. Combined with the recent rail strike Our great country would suffer economic hardship.With the estimated 2 week closure of the section of 11-17.Dawson Road 102 the Kings highway . Known as the gateway to the west. Since the first homesteaders stepped off the boat at Prince Arthurs Landing.Still to this day providing that vital link for the Canadian economy.
5/30/2012 2:08:43 PM
lawson2343 says:
On Saturday, I'm coming from Pigeon River and normally get on 11/17 at 588, then head west. Will I have any problems? If 590 to 102 on 11/17 is still closed, is there a way around to get back onto 11/17 northwest? Thank you!!
5/31/2012 11:27:30 AM
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