Lakes District Maintenance Inc. will continue being responsible for highway maintenance in Service Area 28 (Stikine), which includes the provincial roadways for Atlin, Cassiar and Dease Lake and highways 2 and 37.
Lakes District Maintenance Inc.’s new highway maintenance contact comes into effect Aug. 1, 2019, the day after the existing contract expires. The agreement has a standard term of 10 years with an option for a five-year extension.
The company is also the current highway maintenance contactor for Service Area 20 (Robson) and Service Area 24 (Lakes).
The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s maintenance contracts for all service areas require high standards and a more proactive approach when a severe weather event occurs. Some improvements over the last contract include:
* increased communication with the public about rapidly changing road conditions during severe weather events and other incidents affecting travel on B.C. roads;
* returning Class A highways to bare pavement within 24 hours of a winter weather event (the previous standard was 48 hours at temperatures of -9 C or warmer);
* increasing patrol frequency to 90 minutes on a Class A highway during a winter storm (the previous standard was four hours); and
* increasing the patrol frequency to four hours when a weather event is forecasted (the previous standard was 24 hours).
Twenty-six of the 28 maintenance contracts in the province have been tendered and will be awarded by the end of 2019 through a staggered open-bidding process.