With only a shovel, Paul Levesque spent four hours removing hard-packed snow and ice from the Big Eddy bridge’s pedestrian walkway. That was the first day. The second day Levesque, a 69-year-old grandfather, returned with an additional hand-tool to help remove the ice that had built up and finished the job he’d started.
“I spent over seven hours all together,” said Levesque, who decided to move the snow from the walkway after visiting his grandson’s grave site this past Friday.
“Actually I had decided to do it the day before, so when I got back from the grave site I decided to get my shovel and start,” he said. “People were waving and high-fiving me and saying thank you. I just got fed up about the whole thing and did something about it.”
Levesque’s Facebook post about removing snow garnered hundreds of likes and many comments, including residents who lamented the state of snow removal on the bridge.
Levesque, like many others, uses the walkway on an almost daily basis. He said it had gotten so bad that he and some others had taken to walking across the part of the bridge intended only for vehicles. He said he had contacted Revelstoke City Hall multiple times about the treacherous state the walk way was in.
“The girl there, she wrote it down and said she would pass it along. She was doing her job,” said Levesque. “I don’t want any animosity towards the city.”
Darren Komonoski, City of Revelstoke public works operations manager, said staff did acknowledge Leveque’s concerns about the walkway and uploaded it on the SeeClickFix application the city uses. Komonoski also said the bridge and other crossing are checked daily and sanded when needed. The walkway was sanded by city workers on January 17 and again on February 15. He said the walkway couldn’t be shoveled because the ice and snow were rock solid.
“We probably would have shoveled it this week. We apologize if it appeared we were ignoring it,” said Komonoski.
What do you think? Is enough being done in the city to ensure pedestrians sidewalks and pathways are safe? Are there other problem spots that need more attention?