The United Steelworkers Local 1405 is joining the chorus of complaints about regional highway maintenance.
The union’s Jeff Bromley has written a letter to the BC Government asking it to admit the current model of maintenance is inadequate.
Local 1405 represents thousand of members across the Kootenays who travel to workplaces like the coal mines in the Elk Valley or regularly from Kimberley to Cranbrook.
Bromley argues the roads they drive are unsafe and its time to reexamine the standards the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure have in place.
He goes on to suggest highway maintenance should go back to being a responsibility of the government and not private companies.
Highway maintenance in BC was privatized in the late 1980s.
Bromley says he isn’t criticizing the work of the region’s highways contractor Mainroad East Kootenay, and believes overall they are meeting their obligations, but argues they are a business that is focused on turning a profit.
He says profits shouldn’t be part of the equation when it comes to keeping highways safe in BC.
Concerns over road conditions in our region have risen again following a fatal crash earlier this month that killed three people, including two prominent Cranbrook residents.
Many local politicians have come forwarded suggesting the standard set by the province is not good enough.
The RDEK voted last week to send a letter to the province asking for a review of maintenance standards and a history of collisions on East Kootenay roads.
– United Steelworkers Local 1405 Secretary Treasure Jeff Bromley