Snowmobile club to ask for Humber River bridge

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The Junction Trailblazers would like to look at options for what to do about a portion of the snowmobile trail that crosses over the Humber River.

DEER LAKE  The Junction Trailblazers snowmobile club would like to see something done about the portion of the trail near the Insectarium that crosses the Humber River, says executive director Wilf Curlew.

The trail crosses over ice that should be solid by now, especially after this winter’s icy temperatures, but Curlew said because of the deeper current the ice isn’t necessarily freezing as well as it should to support snowmobiles.

“It’s just a matter of time before someone falls in and drowns there,” said Curlew. “We need to ask the Newfoundland and Labrador Snowmobile Federation for some help in that area, whether it’s a bridge or whatever.”

The trail runs down the side of Route 430 alongside the Insectarium and crosses over the river. There are warning signs installed but Curlew said you never know what may happen.

The other option to crossing the ice is riding snowmobiles with traffic across the nearby overpass, which is something, Curlew said, the police frown upon.

“This is important for us,” he said. “We’ve let this go but I think we need to start talking about it now.”

Local snowmobiler Kirk Anstey said in the past he has seen the ice melting away from the shores, creating dangerous situations that riders should think twice about.

“I’d just cross on the overpass, I wouldn’t want to cross on that ice,” he said. “I’ve seen people do but it can be dangerous.”

Curlew said there are no planned discussions as of yet, but he does plan to bring the matter up to the Federation.

Organizations: Newfoundland and Labrador Snowmobile Federation

Geographic location: Humber River, DEER LAKE

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  • offdarock
    February 01, 2014 - 08:26

    the program in Ontario went through a process of guidelines established between club executives, police agencies and town officials, quickly approved the use of the available bridges for crossing rivers, railways, etc, as long as protocols regarding speed, attention and staying to the side were adhered to there was no problem. it works awesome here especially with our changing ice conditions, may be worth a try, no expense such as a bridge and the costs it would entail and the liabilities