Dam­aged goods

Snow­mo­bile fed­er­a­tion look­ing at a dozen re­pair projects for flood-dam­aged trails in Goose Arm area

The Telegram (St. John’s) - - LOCAL - BY GARY KEAN SALTWIRE NET­WORK

It may be the mid­dle of sum­mer, but some peo­ple are think­ing of be­ing able to snow­mo­bile through the Goose Arm area this win­ter.

That’s be­cause there is still a lot of work to be done to fix up the trails in the re­gion.

Goose Arm, con­sid­ered to be roughly the en­tire area west of Deer Lake and north of Cox’s Cove to Gros Morne Na­tional Park was heav­ily hit by flood­wa­ters in the ex­tra­or­di­nary rain­storm that struck west­ern New­found­land in Jan­uary.

While some mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties are still putting their in­fras­truc­ture back to­gether or keep­ing a close eye on ar­eas still feel­ing the im­pacts, many of the trails used by snow­mo­bil­ers and all­ter­rain ve­hi­cles sus­tained se­ri­ous dam­ages that have yet to be fully ad­dressed.

Tony Shep­pard, gen­eral man­ager of the New­found­land and Labrador Snow­mo­bile Fed­er­a­tion, said there are around two dozen ar­eas that re­quire sig­nif­i­cant re­pairs.

The most sig­nif­i­cant piece of in­fras­truc­ture is the bridge cross­ing Goose Arm Brook, a cru­cial con­nec­tor from one side of the re­gion to an­other. The roughly 30-foot span was washed out on both sides and needs a con­sid­er­able amount of fill and ar­mour stone be­fore it can be used.

In the Is­land Pond area, one road has a washout mea­sur­ing around 20-feet wide and be­tween 12- and 14-feet deep stretch­ing on for about half a kilo­me­tre.

In the Bot­tom­less Pond area, where flood­ing con­tin­ues to be a prob­lem in the af­ter­math of both the Jan­uary storm and the spring melt, nearly 1.5 kilo­me­tres of road is still un­der deep wa­ter.

“Then we have cul­vert af­ter cul­vert af­ter cul­vert that’s washed out,” said Shep­pard.

The snow­mo­bile fed­er­a­tion has had the dam­ages as­sessed and have re­quested quotes on how much it will cost to do 12 dif­fer­ent re­pair projects.

“We’re still wait­ing for quotes and hop­ing, be­fore win­ter comes, that we will have a lot of that put back to­gether,” said Shep­pard.

He said he has no idea how much it will all cost, but is ex­pect­ing it to be a sig­nif­i­cant amount and fund­ing sources are be­ing sought.

In the Bot­tom­less Pond area, Shep­pard said the fed­er­a­tion is look­ing at con­struct­ing a 2.5-kilo­me­tre by­pass if the high wa­ter lev­els do not re­cede.

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