Highway contractor concerned about collisions

By James Peters
December 11, 2015 - 12:35pm Updated: December 11, 2015 - 1:40pm

KAMLOOPS — A spokesman for the contractor who maintains a large stretch of the Coquihalla Highway says too many motorists are hitting his company's snow-clearing equipment.

Bob Gilowski of VSA Highway Maintenance says despite plenty of pleas to the public to keep back from heavy equipment, there has been a rash of collisions this year.

Gilowski says besides the obvious safety hazard, a collision also inhibits the company's ability to keep the highway clear.

“Unfortunately when a maintenance vehicle is hit, it can take that vehicle out of service for an extended period of time, and they’re just not readily available for replacement,” Gilowski told CFJC Today adding “unfortunately the traveling public takes a hit, because that is one less vehicle we have in our fleet to be able to provide the winter maintenance services.”

VSA was announced as the Ministry of Transportation's contractor of the year earlier this week.

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