Transportation Ministry to Examine Highway Safety North of Kitimat

The Transportation Ministry will be examining a notorious stretch of Highway 37 between Kitimat and Terrace this spring to see if it warrants additional safety measures.

The area is officially known as "Kitimat River Hill" -- but is often referred to as "Suicide Hill" by many local residents.

There have been several crashes in that area, including a fatal rollover last month.

Former Kitimat Mayor Joanne Monaghan has been demanding improvements to the route for years, and recently met with Assistant Deputy Minister Kevin Richter, Northern District regional manager Scott Maxwell and Skeena District Highways Manager Darrell Gunn.

Gunn says the ministry has agreed to examine the area more closely.

"We've decided to have a closer look with the team here and gather some information and look at the hill a little closer and see if we need to take any further steps from there; there have been some instances there in the past but part of what we're going to be doing is looking into that a little closer to see if there is a significant difference there," said Gunn.

Gunn says he's also met with current mayor Phil Germuth and the District Council and will work closely with them as the examination progresses.  

[PHOTO: L-R   Regional Highways Manager Scott Maxwell, Skeena District Manager Darrell Gunn, Former Kitimat Mayor Joanne Monaghan, Assistant Deputy Minister Kevin Richter]