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May 23, 2007
Private Road Collapses, Farmer
Gets Tractor, Pulls Out Truck
Farmer Myron Ganser (above at right) checks out his truck after being helped by Gayle Wilson. Another farm implement was damaged on the road the same morning in town. ©Provost News Photos.
A truck carrying 12 tons of fertilizer sunk through a private road in Provost and needed a large four wheel drive tractor to pull it out.

The truck, being driven by Irene Ganser had just filled up with the load of fertilizer and was beginning to roll down the road that runs east and west where the old elevators used to be located in Provost when it sank and then tilted.

Taxes for that stretch of land (see map) are sent to the Canadian Pacific Railway for payment.

The issue of maintaining the road has plagued town council for decades and just two years ago when it was flooded (see PN April 6, 2005) it was near impassable because of water and mud.

This time it was not muddy on top of the dry road but because of little maintenance, just underneath the surface the structure of the road was weak.

The Town of Provost can not legally be on that road because it is privately held. The town has been discouraged by the owner from maintaining that road at the town’s cost over the decades, even when grain trucks were using it to haul crops to the elevators. Over the years and with different town council administrations, town graders have done some maintaining of the road, including snow plowing but the Town of Provost has been told by the owners the town is not even to cut grass or weeds along the CPR property.
Owner of the truck that sank on Friday, May 18, Myron Ganser said after he pulled the truck out that “no one takes ownership” over the maintenance issue.

Businessman Gayle Wilson said that there are three major agri-businesses and a golf course that use the road and there appears to be “no solution.” Just before the truck was pulled out a farm implement owned by Tom Meier was damaged in the same spot when it bottomed out. The truck, discer and Meier’s tractor were sitting side by side for a while. Two semi tractor trucks were stuck on the road last year.

Rest of story and photos in May 23 edition of The Provost News.
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