Petition leads to improved maintenance on Interior highways

By Vanessa Ybarra
December 16, 2016 - 5:05pm Updated: December 16, 2016 - 5:36pm

KAMLOOPS — Drivers in the Southern Interior are being reassured highway maintenance has improved, following a petition last year.

Merritt Mayor Neil Menard says last year over 2,500 people in the Interior signed a petition calling on the VSA  to provide better snow removal and highway maintenance services on the Coquihalla Highway and the connector to Kelowna.

"I think they heard us last year," said Menard. "I think they listened to what the group had to say. And if they don't, we made it very clear to them and to the Minister of Transportation that if they don't look after the highways better than they did last year, all of that material and those signatures and everything are still there."

Menard says he has seen an improvement, but snow plowing could be better between Logan Lake and Merritt.

Menard says with pregnant women having to rely on the highway to get to RIH, and the increase in car accidents in winter, it's vital the Coquihalla is plowed as often as possible.

VSA declined to comment.

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