Hudson's Hope plans closure of DA Thomas Road

The District of Hudson's Hope plans to close DA Thomas Road and sell it off for a dollar as BC Hydro readies for shoreline protection works for the Site C reservoir.

The district plans to close the road from Clarke Avenue to the Peace River and remove the road dedication from the property, according to a public notice. A public meeting is scheduled at the district office Monday, Dec. 9, at 6 p.m.

Once closed, the district says it plans to sell the property for a $1 fee "due to the blanket covenant that will be registered in favour of the District for permanent public access to the recreational area and walking trail that is being built and maintained by BC Hydro."

Written submissions can be made district office on or before the date and time of the meeting, and council will hear verbal presentations during the meeting.

BC Hydro says it will be upgrading the road to facilitate the building of of a berm to protect the shoreline below Hudson's Hope from erosion from the reservoir's filling.

Work will extend two and half kilometres from the upstream end of the district to just beyond its current sewage treatment facility.

BC Hydro says it will establish and operate a small craft launch at the foot of the DA Thomas Road.

The existing trail travelling west from the road and connecting to the existing trail leading up into Hudson’s Hope will also be reconnected along the berm after construction, it says.

Work is expected to run from 2020 to 2022.

Hudson's Hope and BC Hydro reached a $1 million agreement over the building of Site C in 2017, which includes $150,000 to upgrade Alwin Holland Park and develop other shoreline recreation.

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