A new highway maintenance contractor will be taking over in April 2019. (File photo)

New highway maintenance contractor selected for Okanagan-Shuswap

Acciona Infrastructure Maintenance Inc. was awarded the contract beginning in April 2019

The familiar JPW Road and Bridge Inc. snow plows and graders which clear snow from highways and rural roads in the Okanagan-Shuswap will be replaced, as a new company has been awarded the contract for highway maintenance.

Acciona Infrastructure Maintenance Inc. received the contract following an open request for proposals. The infrastructure maintenance firm is a subsidiary of Acciona, a large multinational corporation based in Spain, whose Canadian projects include construction work on the Site C Dam.

The service area the new contractor will cover stretches from Monte Creek in the west to Craigellachie in the east and from the Fintry area in the south to well north of Seymour Arm.

Acciona’s contract goes into effect on April 1, 2019.

According to a statement from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI), Acciona and the recipients of the 25 other maintenance contracts around the province tendered in 2018 and 2019 will be held to a higher standard than their predecessors where snow clearance is concerned.

Related: Snow removal on roads a concern for CSRD

Road maintenance contractors will be required to communicate with the public more about rapidly changing road conditions during severe weather events and other incidents affecting travel on the roads they maintain. Under the new contract, major highways will have to be restored to bare pavement within 24 hours of a winter weather event when the pavement temperature remains warm enough to safely and effectively use de-icing chemicals. The standard under the current contract was 48 hours.

Patrol frequency on major highways will be increased to 90 minutes on major highways during a winter storm; the previous standard was four hours.

When a winter weather event is forecast, the patrol frequency will be increased to four hours down from 24 hours.

Road clearing was sharply criticized by residents and politicians in the Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) at the end of last winter. In response to complaints from the public, the CSRD board submitted a resolution to the Southern Interior Local Government Association stating that deteriorating road maintenance was creating a public safety issue by making it difficult for emergency vehicles to access rural roads and creating unsafe conditions for motorists and pedestrians.


@SalmonArm
jim.elliot@saobserver.net

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Girl, 10, poisoned by carbon monoxide at Shuswap campsite could soon return home

Lucille Beaurain died and daughter Micaela Walton, 10, was rushed to B.C. Children’s Hospital on May 18

Chase RCMP find drugs, fake money and sawed-off shotgun at traffic stop

Two separate incidents in recent weeks result in drug-related arrests.

Beekeepers from Argentina find sweet success in Shuswap

Honey Onyx Apiary is hoping to increase its operations by 200 hives this year

Unexpected snow on Okanagan Connector, Pennask Summit

As of 6:50 a.m. DriveBC cameras displayed surprise snowfall on highway

Okanagan-Shuswap weather: chance of rain

Environment Canada is calling for a risk of thunderstorms tonight

VIDEO: Acknowledging skeptics, finance minister vows to build Trans Mountain project

Bill Morneau said he recognizes ‘huge amount of anxiety’ in Calgary over future of oil and gas sector

Man surrenders following standoff in Kamloops

Massive police response in Kamloops was in connection with a reported domestic dispute

Penticton woman dies after Riva Ridge Mobile Park fire in May

BC Coroners Service says investigation in progress

Okanagan police service dog aids in arrest of break-and-enter suspect

Heavy police presence at Vernon’s Upper Room Mission results in PSD Jagger finding suspect, Calgary man

B.C. man faces deportation over father’s honour-killing conviction

Father lied to immigration, was later acquitted of charges in Jassi Sidhu’s murder

RCMP allows officers to grow beards

Members can now wear beards and goatees, as long as they’re neatly groomed

Two Kelowna sites rezoned for pot shops

Cannabis retailers closer to reality for Lawrence Avenue, St. Paul Street

Okanagan senior feels trapped in long-term care facility

Rose-Marie Lepodvin says she wants assisted living, but feels trapped in long-term care

Most Read