The provincial government has announced new sensors along Highway 5A will monitor commercial vehicle traffic, a move its says will improve safety for local residents and users of the highway between Kamloops and Merritt.
The sensors will measure real-time safety and vehicle data, such as weight, height and tire conditions, and compare the data against standards enforced by Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement (CVSE) officers.
The commercial use of Highway 5A has long been a subject of debate. Some residents of the area and other critics have argued for years that the highway isn’t properly engineered for commercial truck traffic, with various calls for commercial traffic be confined to the Coquihalla Highway (Highway 5).
“Highway 5A is an important alternative route for the trucking industry as the higher elevations make the Coquihalla Highway more susceptible to extreme weather conditions,” the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. “Commercial vehicles also use Highway 5A for local deliveries, forestry and agriculture.”
The new system, located approximately three kilometres north of Merritt, will relay its collected data to CVSE officers in the area. Construction is slated to begin in the late spring. The technology will be able to collect safety and vehicle data at highway speeds.