Emergency Gate Lory & Hamm Roads FAQs

1. What is the emergency gate?
2. Where will the emergency gate be installed?
3. Why is an emergency gate access needed?
4. Why is this location for the emergency gate chosen?
5. Who will have access to opening the emergency gate?
6. How will Macaulay Road residents located past Lory Road access Hamm Road in the event of an emergency?
7. What does the emergency gate look like?
8. How will vehicles be prevented from going around the emergency gate?
9. Will the replacement of an existing berm with the emergency gate increase traffic and speed to Lory Road? What about safety to children and animals?
10. Once the gate is installed, who will maintain the emergency gate?
11. What is the progress of the emergency gate?
12. Whom do I contact for more information about this emergency gate?

1.       What is the emergency gate?
The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) in partnership with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MoTI) will be installing a locked emergency access gate at Lory Road (see attached map). This locked gate will replace the existing berm that will be removed. The gate will be used for emergency purposes only in order to allow access on to Lory Road and/or from Lory Road through to Hamm Road.

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2.      Where will the emergency gate be installed?
The map below shows that the emergency gate will be installed across the MoTI’s right of way that runs from Lory Road at Hamm Road.

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3.      Why is an emergency gate access needed?
This infrastructure is in response to concerns raised over emergency access from Macaulay Road to Hamm Road. When access to the road is blocked (e.g., fallen power line, interface fire and accident), all access for emergency vehicle traffic is cut off between the blockage and the end of Macaulay Road. The emergency gate is one of the several solutions to address the limited access to Macaulay Road.

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4.      Why is this location for the emergency gate chosen?
The choice for this location to become an emergency route was determined from looking at the potential hazards and risks that could impact the area, such as but not limited to, an interface wildfire (a forest fire that occurs in close proximity of homes and/or businesses). The area has a high population that would only have one route for emergency response in or out of the area from Macaulay Road to the Old Island Highway. If a lower section of Macaulay Road had a threat of fire and / or was blocked due to another emergency situation, first responders would face the challenges of access / egress and evacuation.

Key elements supporting this location’s choice are: it is on a MoTI’s right of way, it only requires removal of an old berm in place, it has the Ministry’s and residents’ support (specifically those west of Lory Road), and it is an affordable option for CVRD residents. 

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5.      Who will have access to opening the emergency gate?
Access to open the gate will only be provided to emergency responders, MoTI and CVRD emergency program personnel.

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6.      How will Macaulay Road residents located past Lory Road access Hamm Road in the event of an emergency?
Residents will be directed by official emergency response personnel. This may be the RCMP, fire services, MoTI or CVRD emergency program personnel. 

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7.      What does the emergency gate look like?

The gate is being provided by MoTI to ensure it achieves their standards for emergency access only.

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8.      How will vehicles be prevented from going around the emergency gate?
The strategic placement of natural large rocks located on each side of the gate and in close proximity to right of way ditching will prevent vehicles from going around the emergency gate. There will be signage to inform that this is an emergency response route only. The gate access will also be periodically monitored by CVRD staff to determine if any minor maintenance is required.

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9.      Will the replacement of an existing berm with the emergency gate increase traffic and speed to Lory Road? What about safety to children and animals?
The berm will be replaced by a one lane gravel surfaced route that will meet minimum standards for a ‘limited use’ emergency access route. The gate access will only be utilized if emergency responders assessing the emergency situation deem it necessary due to public safety risk concerns. If emergency response personnel were to require the gate open, personnel would be located at the gate to ensure control of access, speed and public safety.

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10.   Once the gate is installed, who will maintain the emergency gate?

The gate will be maintained by the CVRD.

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11.    What is the progress of the emergency gate?
A request for quotation was posted on the CVRD website. The submission deadline for quotes is Thursday, July 28, 2016.

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12.   Whom do I contact for more information about this emergency gate?
If you wish more background about the emergency gate access project or if you see concerns with the emergency gate access, please email communityservices@comoxvalleyrd.ca.

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Printable FAQs - Lory Road Proposed Emergency Gate [PDF - 788 KB]