Teck warns of instability in closed off area near Rossland

Teck Trail Operations is warning people that the closed off area above Rossland is dangerous, after a recent collapse.

Teck Trail Operations is warning people that the closed off area above Rossland is dangerous, after a recent collapse.

Yesterday, Teck sent out a release reminding hikers and bikers not to go into the                    area.

Teck originally closed the area of land on the southern slope of Red Mountain in 2006, due to ground instability from historical mine workings.

Catherine Adair, communications at Teck Trail said that the area had undergone a recent collapse in that closed area on the back of Red.

Adair said that the collapsing historical mine workings resulted in a new opening in the now closed off part of Larry’s Loop trail, posing a potential safety hazard.

“The closed area has been clearly marked with gates, fencing and signage, and we ask for public cooperation in respecting these signs,” she said. “The installation of a permanent perimeter fence of the closed area will take place later this spring.”

The area is an important part of Rossland and Teck says that they recognize the value that the trail system offers to the  community. Teck allows non-motorized, recreational use of designated trails on other areas of their land, in partnership with the Kootenay Columbia Trails Society.

 

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