Emergency access route plan dropped

Lacombe County council has scrapped a proposal to build an emergency access route between two Sylvan Lake communities.

Lacombe County council has scrapped a proposal to build an emergency access route between two Sylvan Lake communities.

The Summer Village of Sunbreaker Cove asked the county last year to look at installing a short connecting road to the neighbouring community of Blissful Beach to serve as a second route out in an emergency.

It was proposed the link be gated and opened only in an emergency to allow residents out or emergency vehicles in.

However, Blissful Beach residents were cool to the idea, fearing it would boost traffic in their neighbourhood.

A similar proposal was made 12 years ago but abandoned because of Blissful Beach opposition.

The cost of the access road has been estimated at $55,000.

Coun. Keith Stephenson questioned whether it was worth going ahead considering the opposition.

He also noted many other older lakeside communities were also built with only a single access road.

Council voted to drop the plan.