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Merritt mayor wants 'riot act' read to BC maintenance contractors

Last Updated Nov 20, 2017 at 4:21 pm PST

Hwy 5, southbound at Zopkios Rest Area, near the Coquihalla Summit, looking northeast. November 20, 2017. (Source: Drive BC)

MERRITT (NEWS 1130) – The mayor of a city along the Coquihalla Highway wants the provincial government to “read the riot act” to all maintenance contractors in BC.

It comes after a six hour closure along the Coquihalla on Sunday night, because of problems believed to have been caused by snowy conditions.

Mayor of Merritt Neil Menard says the province should communicate the importance of making sure a roadway isn’t shut down for hours if there is a crash or spin-out.

“The workers do their job, they do it very, very well. But it’s the company itself that calls the shots of when do they go out.”

He says two years ago, there were talks between his city and the government.

“And it did improve and last winter wasn’t a bad winter. They did a good job. But I mean we’re starting winter again and how many times has the Coke been closed already this year?”

Menard says he’ll be going back to the Ministry if long closures continue.