Tamara Cartwright-Poulits’ Facebook Page “Keeping Mainroad Accountable” has become a channel for residents to voice frustration of Mainroad East Kootenay in recent years.
Whether the criticism was warranted or not, Cartwright-Poulits started being invited to stakeholder meetings last year after Mainroad East Kootenay was criticized by the public and local politicians.
She says overall she was pleased with Mainroad’s performance last winter and their push to provide locals will more information.
Cartwright-Poulits, who is considered one of few private stakeholders, believes there will always be residents who think Mainroad East Kootenay doesn’t do a good enough job.
The Province and contractor have both said a new contract and recording breaking snowfall last year brought unexpected challenges.
The Ministry of Transportation’s local Area Manager affirmed their confidence in Mainroad East Kootenay.
Alex Crawford, who covers Service Area 11, says they conducted over 3,000 monitoring records in the region last winter and the results were good.
The contractor says they’ve learned lessons from their first year of the their new seven year agreement with the Province.
GM Al Sanders says a full fleet with new, bigger trucks will help deliver new specifications of the contract and they’ve made minor changes, such as shift scheduling, to help better serve the region.
– Tamara Cartwright-Poulits