A Thompson-Nicola Regional District director expects improvements to the Yellowhead Highway following a meeting with the province earlier this month.
Wells Gray Country director Carol Schaffer met with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and fellow TNRD director Stephen Quinn (Thompson Headwaters) on April 9, after the TNRD sent a letter calling for a review and upgrades to a section of Highway 5, located about seven kilometres north of Vavenby to Valemount.
“The meeting was very successful,” Schaffer told the TNRD board during its recent meeting, noting the highway contractor is under new management.
“They took our letter very seriously. They talked to them and there’s supposed to be vast improvements next year. Plus, there’s supposed to be improvements this year along the highway.”
The TNRD expressed concerns about the roadway, following two truck crashes in the winter.
On Dec. 30, a truck crash resulted in 350 litres of diesel fuel leaked into the North Thompson River. A second spill occurred near Avola on Jan. 5, following another truck crash.