Washrooms along the Coquihalla Highway are getting some much-needed attention as the provincial government will spent about $1 million on upgrades and accessibility improvements.
The washrooms are at three locations near the Coquihalla Highway Summit, approximately 70 kilometres south of Merritt: the Coquihalla Lakes rest area, Britton Creek rest area and the Zopkios commercial vehicle brake check facility (for southbound travellers).
Work will vary between locations, but will include:
• New exterior doors and frames;
• Repairing and repainting interior walls;
• New interior partition walls;
• Upgrading plumbing and fixtures;
• Upgrading lights to LEDs;
• New countertops and sinks;
• Repairing and resurfacing floors;
• Making exterior building repairs;
• Installing electric hot-water tanks and furnaces.
A dedicated family washroom will be added to the Coquihalla Lakes and Zopkios facilities and more garbage bins will be provided at the south end of the Zopkios brake check facility, with signage will installed to encourage their use.
Work will be carried out by Yellowhead Road & Bridge, using local subcontractors.
Work is anticipated to begin in late June and all improvements are scheduled to be completed by the end of October.