This started about last Monday, or so, when the clearing started. I first noticed the surveyor’s ribbon marking the side of the road, then it moved to the trees, and then on Tuesday (April 10, 2018) the Arborists started their work. By Wednesday, well over the ninety per cent of the area was cut down, and by today, most of the wood and branches had been cleared away. With the change to skyline, comes the great view from the road, but a huge change nonetheless for most who grew up here over the years. But this is all in the name of progress, as next year, we should see a double lane round-about in this very spot.
In the above image, I am looking West, towards Terrace, at the New Bridge. It is here that the new round-about will be built.
I know that they had to cut down the trees now, this time of year to beat the birds that might nest here. Apparently, you cannot cut down trees with nesting birds in them–it would be uncool and not nice to the birds if you do this. The trees are cleared now, and then work will slowly begin without the knowledge of hurting any birds.
Because people were not suppose to collect firewood during the clearing, the Highways Contractors hired a security guy to make sure no one entered the Construction Zone. Even signs were posted at both entrances, and along the main highway stating that you must keep out. I am not sure if this guy is posted all night and day, but I felt sorry for him–a boring job–to say the least.
Anyway, the view has changed now in an impressive way. In this image you can see the “really old highway” that connected to the Old Skeena Bridge and Queesnway Drive, and the new route that connects the bridge traffic to the newer junction of HWY16 and 37, the Kitimat Highway (upper road).