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UPDATED: CP Rail, Kwikwetlem find solution to road closure

Members of the Kwikwetlem First Nation in Coquitlam were frustrated with what they say is the lack of consultation from CP Rail in the closure Feb. 6 of the only access to the reserve. But after contacting the media and the rail company, a compromise and alternative solution was reached.

Without telling the band in advance, CP Rail announced via signage it would close Colony Farm Road for scheduled maintenance tomorrow, raising concerns about emergency response, causing problems for children getting to school and preventing about 50 health officials and practioners from attending a community health day.

Band members were told that the work is needed for emergency repairs and some of the track has to be removed and new track reinstalled. The work is expected to take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

However, a last minute deal was reached to find an alternative route onto the reserve.

Dale Lessoway, a band administrator, said a community health day which had been planned for months was nearly cancelled until an alternative route via United Boulevard was found after talks with CP Rail.

CP Rail spokesperson Ed Greenberg stated in an email that local CP Rail officials are dealing with this issue.

dstrandberg@tricitynews.com

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