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Road closure is good news

RM working to catch-up

A road closure to a popular Kola/Elkhorn business is going to cut short their summer business season. 

“It sacrifices a couple of weeks, but if it gets us a better road, it will be great for customers,” stated Mark Humphries, owner of Westwood Ranch Garden Centre.

Thinking long-term he says, “Hopefully, it will keep us open all the time and make the access better.”

A short portion of Road 60N is undergoing construction. This road past Woodville Cemetery connects the greenhouse and zoo to provincial roads near Kola. It runs between sloughs and had became nigh impassible a times in 2014 and 2015, after spring melting and then heavy rain.

At every opportunity, Humphries attended meetings with provincial politicians and he made several presentations over the years to the Council of RM of Wallace-Woodworth.

Plans were in place for construction on Road 60N in October, 2015, but weather prevailed.

CAO for the municipality Garth Mitchell explains, “We actually had the job slated for last year... this is a catch-up job, left over from last year.”

Mitchell says this road near Kola is “one of many spots we have to get to.”

Construction is going ahead on 60N, and he says, “This year we are looking at doing about seven projects. We were ready to go on three.”

“I know the roads have slowed us down,” states Humphries. However, he understands the municipality’s dilemma and appreciates extra grading and gravelling that the roads in the area have received this year.

“I can’t complain. The (provincial road) 542 has been re-surfaced twice. It has kept it fantastic, right from spring to now.”

Construction will begin in about one week. Westwood Ranch  Garden Centre plans to re-open on weekends in September and throughout October, winding up with Halloween.

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