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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‚Äôs icy temperatures, but Curlew said because of the deeper current the ice isn‚Äôt necessarily freezing as well as it should to support snowmobiles.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs just a matter of time before someone falls in and drowns there,‚ÄĚ said Curlew. ‚ÄúWe need to ask the Newfoundland and Labrador Snowmobile Federation for some help in that area, whether it‚Äôs a bridge or whatever.‚ÄĚ
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.
‚ÄúThis is important for us,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúWe‚Äôve let this go but I think we need to start talking about it now.‚ÄĚ
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.
‚ÄúI‚Äôd just cross on the overpass, I wouldn‚Äôt want to cross on that ice,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúI‚Äôve seen people do but it can be dangerous.‚ÄĚ
Curlew said there are no planned discussions as of yet, but he does plan to bring the matter up to the Federation.