The following letter was addressed to Rob Fleming, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure for B.C. and shared with Coast Reporter.
It is with dismay that we read about the geotechnical problems for residents of Sinku Drive here on the Sunshine Coast.
What is hugely concerning is that directly above the soon-to-be removed or destroyed Sinku Drive homes is our “highway.” Imagine if that was to wash out due to a geotechnical event – it’s the only route connecting Davis Bay southwards to the ferry and northwards to Sechelt and beyond.
Despite the fact there is a real and present danger to life and safety (including fatalities) with this newly discovered potential for catastrophe, your ministry appears content to undertake more desktop studies which only serve to kick the problem down the road (assuming we do have a road!)
Mr. Minister, this highlights why the provincial government needs to get serious about building a real highway. Engage in a process to get it built, not to (again) study “options.”
Your ministry has said you are working in partnership with the shíshálh Nation, which we applaud. As it is a project that will benefit everyone on the Coast, I’m sure your personal intervention with them will help move that part of this project along.
for Sunshine Coast Highway Society