Construction began April 28th on an emergency road to allow access to residents in Wentworth North and a few in Wentworth who were stranded by the closure of a bridge over the West River in St-Michel. The bridge was weakened by the rising waters of the West River and deemed unsafe. A state of emergency was declared on April 27th in both Wentworth and Wentworth North. The road connects the western end of Lake Louisa North Road and Carrière Road.
The LLPOA is very concerned about the alarming amount of sediment flowing into the lake. The bulk of the new road is situated in the territory of Wentworth North. It was initially reported to be a temporary road built only to allow residents in the Black Bay area to leave, or to receive emergency services if necessary during the period the bridge was closed. It is looking quite permanent and wide.
The new avenue begins and ends in the territory of Wentworth. Now that the state of emergency has been lifted, and the bridge on the St-Michel road is open again, the township of Wentworth has blocked off both ends of the new road. The LLPOA has been present at both Wentworth and Wentworth North council meetings trying to learn the details of how and why a route so close to the lake was chosen. Through its legal representation, the LLPOA has filed two Access to Information requests to learn more. We will keep you posted.