EDITORIAL – City’s pledge to build second Juniper road is a good start

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An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

FAST TALK IS SOMETIMES easier to get from politicians than fast action, but the City is to be commended for taking to heart the fears of Juniper residents over the shortage of exits from their community.

Yesterday, City CAO Dave Trawin announced he had recommended to City council that planning begin immediately for a second paved road to and from Juniper in the wake of last week’s wildfire that resulted in a somewhat chaotic evacuation for some residents.

Presumably, council will provide a quick official blessing to the proposal at its next public meeting. But residents shouldn’t expect the bulldozers and paving crews to show up any time soon.

By the time the route is nailed down, public consultations are held, the project goes through the planning stages, funding is obtained (it won’t be cheap) and contracts let, it will be quite awhile before any ribbons are cut.


Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at

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1 Comment on EDITORIAL – City’s pledge to build second Juniper road is a good start

  1. R Marcus Lowe // July 7, 2021 at 1:18 PM // Reply

    Dear Mel

    There are options in this issue. It is simple and easy to design and build temporary roadways, supported by ditching and culverts. These can be monitored and maintained, and used as secondary roads for recreation as well. They are of course not really temporary, but useful in their flexibility in emergencies that can (and have) risen up.

    Respectfully Submitted, R. M. Lowe (Ashcroft, BC)

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