B.C. Minister of Transportation Kevin Falcon - a keen cyclist - didn’t bring his mountain bike to Burns Lake on July 8, but he did bring $300,000 to be used towards road maintenance within the village.
“The funds come from a $10 million fund set up by the province to help communities with populations under 5,500, whose roads have been affected by the mountain pine beetle,” said Falcon.
Falcon continued, “We know the road network in the rural communities has been hit hard by logging trucks carrying mountain pine beetle wood to market. We recognize that smaller communities like Burns Lake are often the places that don’t have a large enough tax base to carry out all the projects on their road maintenance wish list. I understand that $60,000 - $70,000 is usually the amount of money available.