Rip rap now in place at top of grade leading to popular hill ( above pink tape line in photo) frequently used by dirt bike riders – photos 250News
Prince George, B.C.- The City of Prince George has been busy putting barriers in place to restrict access to a hill on the north side of North Meadows subdivision ( Foothills and North Nechako Road) that has become popular with ATVers and dirt bike riders.
Residents of North Meadows have lodged numerous complaints with City Hall about the off road enthusiasts revving their engines to make the climb says McIntosh “We’re just putting a barrier up to deter motorized vehicles from attempting that climb.”
The hill runs on the east side of Foothills Boulevard and is a common access point to a steeper hill that is adjacent to the roadway. It is not uncommon for motorists driving north on Foothills Boulevard to wonder if the motorbike riders are going to have enough control to keep their bikes ( or atvs) from overshooting the shoulder and ending up on the roadway.
The City has been consulting with local residents for the past couple of months on how to deal with the noise issue says McIntosh “We came up with a game plan and we decided that we’re in the shoulder season right now, between summer and winter, and we have the time and resources to complete the project.”
The project calls for rip rap to be placed across the face of the hill “The structure will allow for no jumps or ramps to be built we’re hoping and there will be advance warning and notification signing of no motorized vehicles” He says there will also be no tobogganing allowed on this section of hill.
The work is expected to be complete by late this week, with all the rip rap and appropriate signage in place. The cost of the project ( which is not immediately available) is being covered through the regular operations budget.