Duck Lake cross dyke off Channel Rd is now open to vehicle traffic.
Why do we have to temporarily close the dyke to vehicle traffic? To limit the negative impacts that vehicles can have on the dyke surface when road and weather conditions are bad, a temporary road closure is instated. Bad conditions could be: when the frozen ground melts and/or when heavy amounts of precipitation falls - the surface of the dyke becomes soft and muddy and these conditions could warrant a temporary closure to vehicles.
We do not close the dyke for any particular user groups, we do not close the dyke to intentionally make access to the area difficult as we have heard mentioned. The sole purpose is to maintain the integrity of the dyke. It is a flood protection dyke. Its sole purpose it to prevent waters from flooding the surrounding area, potentially impacting agriculture and personal properties. The opportunity to walk and sometimes drive on the dyke is an added bonus but not what it was intended for.
Over $60,000 was put into resurfacing and grading the dyke in the last few years and to make sure it remains in a good repair, it is going to be closed during the times when the most damage can occur from vehicles. Pedestrian traffic is always welcome.
We hope that everyone understands, even though you may not like it, when the dyke gets temporarily closed. Thanks!