Island Timberlands will log along Highway 4 at the top of the Hump starting next Monday, according to their spokesperson Morgan Kennah.
Plan are to harvest timber at the junction of the Cameron Connector (the access road to Mt. Arrowsmith) where it joins Highway 4, she said. “Most of the harvesting is already done, there’s just a strip that’s right beside the highway,” she said.
Logging will take place on one side of the highway, although road construction is happening at the same time on the other side, she said.
The logging company intends to close the highway for 15-minute intervals, repeatedly during weeknights from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. until the three-week harvesting period is completed around Feb. 8.
Kennah said no logging is planned for weekend nights.
As of Wednesday, Island Timberlands did not have a permit to block the important highway, a Ministry of Transportation spokesperson said. So any traffic delays would be illegal.
Kennah said logging won’t start until proper permits are in place.
David Wiwchar is operations manager and news director for 93.3 PEAK FM in Port Alberni.
— With a file from Susan Quinn, Alberni Valley News