The groundhog doesn’t see its shadow, crocuses begin to bloom and Shoemaker Hill opens.
One of the signs of spring in Salmon Arm emerged from the ice and snow on Monday morning, March 25, as city crews opened the barriers blocking traffic from the steep, switchback hill on 10th Avenue SE.
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Although the route is well-used by motorists heading to and from downtown into the Hillcrest area or industrial park, it is also sometimes used by truck drivers despite it being designated ‘no trucks.’ That can leave them stuck on the switchback or, like one truck in 2018, flipped over and perched precariously down the bank.
City staff say the road typically opens in mid-March, so this year is only slightly behind schedule.