Province awards highway maintenance contract for Kamloops area

By Greg Fry
September 25, 2018 - 9:22am

KAMLOOPS — The provincial government has awarded a maintenance service contract which it says will better serve transportation routes in the Kamloops area.

The 10-year contract was awarded to Argo Road Maintenance, which currently has the contract for the area. The contract also has an optional five-year extension. It goes into effect Oct. 1, 2018.

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure says the contract will "require higher standards and a more proactive approach when a severe weather event occurs." 

The contract will include the following improvements:

  • Increased communication with the public to rapidly changing road conditions during severe weather events and other incidents affecting travel on B.C. roads.
  • Return Winter Class A highs to bare pavement within 24 hours of a winter weather event ending at pavement temperatures of -9 C or warmer, when de-icing chemical use is safe and effective. The previous standard was 48 hours.
  • Increase patrol frequency to 90 minutes on a Class A highway, like the Coquihalla, during a winter storm. The previous standard was four hours.
  • When a weather event is forecasted, increase the patrol frequency to four hours. The previous standard was 24 hours.

Under the deal, the ministry says contractors will be required to be more proactive prior to a winter weather event occurring, and to spread anti-icing chemicals prior to the weather event.

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