New Lakes District Highway Contract In Place

The same contractor will be maintaining highways in the Lakes District for the next 10 years but they'll have new requirement to meet.

The BC government says its new contract with Lakes District Maintenance will ensure better highway conditions during winter weather.

A news release says new contracts being awarded around the province set higher standards and require a more proactive approach when a severe weather event occurs.

Some of the biggest improvements over the last contract include restoring roads to bare pavement within 24 hours of a snowfall.  The previous standard was 48 hours at temperatures of minus 9 degrees or warmer.

Patrols ahead of forecasted bad weather will also be more frequent.  Down to 4 hours from 24.

The province is also mandating better communication with the public about changing road conditions and incidents.

The Lakes Service Area contract covers provincial roadways in the region that includes Burns Lake, Houston, Topley, Granisle, Grassy Plains and Decker Lake.