The Ministry of Transportation says it has, and will continue, to closely monitor the service of this region’s highways maintenance contractor.
Area Service Manager Alex Crawford says he’s confident in Mainroad East Kootenay who faced public scrutiny to at the start of last winter – the first year of their new seven year agreement with the Province.
Crawford points out it is an “end-product” contract which, for instance, means the service is judged on how well the roads are cleaned not how they are cleaned.
Regardless, he says as expected the results improved as the season progressed last year.
Crawford explains they conducted almost 3,000 monitoring records last winter and the overall results were good.
Crawford adds he put more than 5,000 km on his work vehicle in the month of December alone.
Monitoring recordings consists of anything from visual observation, measuring snow depth, photographs and taking air and road temperatures.
Crawford says they expected the implementation of new specifications in the contract to be a learning process both the contractor and government.
Our service area, Service Area 11, was the first of 28 across BC to implement new highway maintenance specifications.
– Ministry of Transportation Service Area 11 Roads Manager Alex Crawford