A new highway maintenance contractor isn’t the only one struggling to keep roads cleared of snow and ice.
Vernon roads are arguably worse than area highways as city crews are also having a hard time keeping on top of the snow storms.
“The last few weeks have been challenging for road crews across most of B.C.,” City of Vernon communications manager Christy Poirier said. “A series of significant snow storms followed by extremely cold weather have led to compact snow and icy roads. This has created difficulties for all road users in the region.”
Vernon road crews are assessing road conditions across the city on a regular basis to identify problem areas and determine where ice control is required, Poirier said.
“Crews are currently focusing on sanding operations that are enhanced by pre-treating the sand with liquid de-icer to maximize the bond to the road surface.”
There are two roads within the city boundary that the province is responsible for: 32nd Avenue (Highway 97) and Highway 6. These are maintained by the province’s contractor, AIM Roads.
AIM Roads has been the subject of a storm of public criticism since winter hit local highways.
“I just think people need to be a little bit more patient and understand the situation is all over,” AIM Roads operations manager Gabriel Nava told Black Press.
The City of Vernon concurs.
“The city appreciates the public’s patience as we have responded to harsh winter conditions,” Poirier said.
City crews operate on a priority basis. Details regarding priority routes are available on the city’s website.
“Now that the temperature is starting to rise, we would like to remind motorists to continue driving to conditions,” Poirier said. “We all need to give ourselves extra room between vehicles and extra time to reach our destinations.”
“By taking it a little easier while driving, we give ourselves more time to react to unexpected situations on the road.”