Merritt mayor wants Coquihalla speed limit lowered

By Doug Collins/Greg Fry
August 9, 2018 - 9:23am

MERRITT — The Mayor of Merritt plans to lobby the province to get the speed limit lowered on the Coquihalla highway.

Neil Menard says the current limit of 120 kilometres per hour could be the reason for several recent crashes that have resulted in lengthy road closures.

He says most drivers go 10 to 20 kilometres above that, and many are not trained to handle the demanding curves and hills at that speed.

Menard says it's his personal feeling that there have been more problems since the speed limit has been increased to 120 kilometers an hour.

"I wouldn't want to be quoted as saying yes, there's no doubt about it. But my feeling in what I've seen, especially in the summer months it has been a lot worse. And, in my opinion, it's an unsafe speed."

The previous BC Liberal government raised the speed limit on the Coquihalla from 110 kilometres per hour to 120 kilometres per hour in 2014.

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