Information Notice – Spray Lake Sawmills’ Log Haul out of West Bragg Creek Area
Spray Lake Sawmills would like to clarify our haul plan to move the harvested timber from the
area west of Bragg Creek. The plan was to have empty log trucks access the area using the
public road system through the Hamlet and then loaded trucks would use the SLS road system
to link up with the Homestead Road traveling north, the idea being to minimize the disruption to
the cross-country ski trails.
The log haul in this area started this week with six to eight trucks averaging two trips per day
using the West Bragg Creek road. Loaded trucks then traveled north using SLS roads to link up
with the Homestead Road and then Sibbald Trail. Accessing the final block from last year’s
harvest this way would have allowed us to complete the haul in approximately 2 ½ weeks. This
would have minimized the disruption to the cross-country ski trails and allow them to be regroomed
for use sooner.
However, based on concerns expressed by some members of the community over the last
couple of days, SLS will redirect its empty trucks to the Sibbald Trail access. Keep in mind,
restricting empty trucks to entering the area only from the Sibbald Trail will extend the haul
period significantly and mean the disruption to the cross-country ski-trails will last for
approximately 5 weeks.
As a point of clarification, log trucks, empty or loaded, follow all safety and load limit
specifications administered by Alberta Transportation and therefore do not damage roads. As
well, SLS has an extensive log haul management program which includes GPS units in the
trucks for, among other things, monitoring truck movements and speeds.
If you have any question please contact us either through our Blog
(http://www.spraylakesawmills.com/category/blog/) or through our email