Blockage forces agreement Bois-Franc Road shut down

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About sixty people participated in a blockage of the Bois-Franc Road, August 21, to protest the road’s condition due to a lack of required maintenance by forestry companies from outside the area. 

Gaëtan Forgues



About sixty people participated in a blockage of the Bois-Franc Road, August 21, to protest the road’s condition due to a lack of required maintenance by forestry companies from outside the area. 

Gaëtan Forgues

TNO – About sixty people participated in a blockage of the Bois-Franc Road at Kilometre 18, August 21, to protest the lack of involvement of forestry companies from outside the region in maintaining and improving the roads they have used to transport wood for many years. Participants included general users of the road, camp owners, outfitters, and local business owners who make deliveries in the area.
According to Robert Saumure who sits on the advisory panel for forestry roads, the Bois-Franc Road has become dangerous; mileage markers are barely visible, vegetation is beginning to invade the road, and there is a lack of crushed stone, which makes driving the road difficult.
The following day, a meeting was organized at the Ministry of Natural Resources building in Mansfield. Present at the meeting were representatives from various forestry companies, Saumure and a few members of his committee, Ministry representatives, MRC Pontiac Director of Territory Regent Dugas, and two representatives from the municipality of Mansfield. 
In an interview after the meeting, Saumure said the meeting was well organized and an agreement was reached amongst all those implicated for the management of the road. He said there will be no further blockages in the future.