City workers Mike Jamieson and Jamie Greencorn perform the wintery ritual of putting up road closed signs on 10th Avenue SE (also known as Shoemaker Hill) on the morning of Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

City workers Mike Jamieson and Jamie Greencorn perform the wintery ritual of putting up road closed signs on 10th Avenue SE (also known as Shoemaker Hill) on the morning of Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

Salmon Arm’s Shoemaker Hill closed by snow, might still reopen

City staff say steep, winding portion of 10th Avenue SE could see a few more weeks of use

Following the removal of the fountain in Salmon Arm’s McGuire Lake on Oct. 21, another sign of winter’s approach came in quick succession.

On Friday morning, Oct. 23, the steep hill on 10th Avenue SE with the tight twists, known by some as Shoemaker Hill, was closed to traffic.

Rob Niewenhiuzen, the city’s director of engineering and public works, said this is the earliest the city has ever closed it, but it might be reopened for a couple more weeks of use.

”Typically we close it mid to late November; we will be monitoring the weather to see if we can reopen it and get a few more weeks out of it,” he said.

In 2019 the hill was closed on Nov. 12 and in 2017 on Nov. 2.

Read more: Salmon Arm fountain disappears along with summer

Read more: Fully loaded asphalt truck tips over on Shoemaker Hill


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