A group of residents in Port Moody had their mail service cancelled without notice – all because of a dangerous road.
“We don’t get a lot of mail, so I didn’t really notice at first.”
Lori Holdenried found out through her elderly neighbour, whose husband of 62 years had passed away and she had not received any of the cards and condolences family had sent.
“She’s just lost her husband, she’s in her late 80s, she does not drive. You’re asking her to go two cities to an industrial area to pick up her mail.”
After complaints, Canada Post said it would get her neighbour’s mail up to her once a week.
But Holdenried still has to go to Port Coquitlam to collect her mail along with around 15 other households on Gatensbury Road.
The mail service stopped because the road – a popular back road commuter route between Port Moody and Coquitlam – was deemed too dangerous for the mail carrier.
And Holdenried can’t disagree with the carrier.
“It’s a 30km speed limit, with a severe incline and it’s a residential road…[but] we’ve had six cars come out of the roadway in the six years that we’ve lived here. One of them hit our parked car and totaled it.”
The road is in both Port Moody and Coquitlam’s jurisdictions. Despite appearing before Port Moody council to advocate for changes, Holdenreid says the road remains dangerous.
“I feel that the cities have ignored the situation or deemed it okay or safe enough for so long.”
Over the weekend, Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart took to Facebook to weigh in.
Coquitlam City Councillor Terry O’Neill has also responded to the service removal.
“This is first and foremost a Canada Post problem,” adding, “this has always been a steep road.”
O’Neill has promised to look into the issue on Monday.