Rural drivers wade through mucky roads

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Good luck driving down Whitfield Road without a four-wheel drive vehicle, area resident Annette Yungwirth said on Wednesday.

 

“They’ve been slowly getting worse, but the tip of the iceberg was this last snowfall,” she said. “We had about eight inches of snow yesterday morning.

“We have a four-wheel drive, so we’re fine, but our daughter is a nurse and she’s stranded -- she can’t get through with her car. She had to call someone in town to come pick her up.”

Yungwirth’s conclusion that one would have better luck driving in the ditch is an apt one, with a section of Whitfield Road a muddy mess and the ditch dry as a bone.

Located northwest of the city in the RM of Buckland, Whitfield joins various other rural roads in making things difficult for area residents, Reeve Don Fyrk said.

“People are getting frustrated -- we’re frustrated.” he said.

Anticipating a particularly mucky spring, the RM of Buckland enlisted the help of an extra grader, bringing their fleet to four units.

The only catch is, they can’t do anything about sloppy road conditions, yet.

“We can’t get a grader on the roads right now, because they weigh 50,000 pounds and they’ll do more damage to the road … and what do you do with mud? You can’t push mud around,” he said.

We have a four-wheel drive, so we’re fine, but our daughter is a nurse and she’s stranded -- she can’t get through with her car. She had to call someone in town to come pick her up. Annette Yungwirth

“All you’re going to do is smooth stuff down and then the next guy will go through and create the same ruts.”

Reflecting on the warm and sunny weather residents experienced on Wednesday, Fyrk said that with two more days of dry weather they should be able to take on the roads.

However, it was forecast to rain on Thursday.

With a fourth grader, Fyrk said that they should be able to get all roads within the RM in decent, drivable shape within about a week – “Weather dependent,” he added.

Fyrk said that while there are always naysayers, the RM is doing what it can to keep roads clear. So far, he said that as far as he knows, anyone who has been stuck at their home have been taken care of.

Pictures sent to the Daily Herald reveal that road conditions in the RM of Prince Albert are comparable to those in the RM of Buckland.

RM of Prince Albert Reeve Norma Sheldon was unavailable for comment by press time.

Organizations: Daily Herald

Geographic location: Whitfield Road

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