Emma Lake road completed after 3 years

By Sarah Stone
November 6, 2013 - 12:11pm

After three years of construction, the access roads to the Emma Lake Recreation Site and Murray Point Campground are now complete.

Construction began on the 6.3-kilometre (km) access road from Highway 263 to the Okema Beach grid and the 0.7-km access road to the Murray Point subdivision and campground, in 2010. It was supposed to be completed in the fall of 2010, but wet weather has continuous pushed the date back.

“It’s been a long drawn out process and the unfortunate part of it was that there was so much rain in that three-year period the drainage issues were pretty severe,” said District of Lakeland Reeve Al Christensen.

He said it’s vital to have this road paved to make it safer and faster for residents and tourists travelling in the area.

“That’s a heavily use road in the summertime. There’s many residents on that side of Emma Lake and many, many tourists visit the Murray Point campground in that area, so in the summertime it’s a very heavily used road,” he said.

Because the road took years longer than expected, Christensen said some motorists have been venting their frustrations to both him and the government.

“We’ve tried to be really patient about it because the highways people have been pretty handcuffed by the situation as well, but it is a relief that is over and it is a gorgeous surface.”

The final cost of the project was $8 million, which was paid for by the government and Christiansen said he doesn’t see any issues coming about in the foreseeable future.

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