Sparwood residents can expect increased industrial traffic around the community as a nearby mine gets set to close.
The company is transporting raw coal from its Elkview mine to its Coal Mountain Operations to make use of their processing plant.
Teck says the work will not delay plans to cease active mining at Coal Mountain this year.
Residents can expect a number of transport trucks along Highway 3 and Corbin Road every hour from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The District of Sparwood says Coal Mountain Operations has put in place a number of controls with the goal of minimizing the impact of this activity on the local community.
– To avoid mud being tracked onto the highway, trucks will be washed at Coal Mountain Operations and rumble strips have been installed at the exits of Elkview Operations and Coal Mountain Operations to help dislodge loose debris.
– Each truck is covered and drivers have been instructed to ensure the cover is secure before leaving the mine property.
– Truck drivers have been instructed to drive slowly (30 km/hr) through the community of Corbin and to not use engine brakes.
– Trucks will not use the Corbin bypass road.
The increased traffic is expected to last until April 9th.
(Picture of Coal Mountain Operations from Teck)