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BC's Transportation minister looking to set a new standard with upcoming highway maintenance contracts.
 
Claire Trevena says contracts are up for many highway maintenance companies and with a number of issues on highways like the Coquihalla this past winter, the boom is coming down.
 
"One of the things we are doing is tightening up winter maintenance. We have new service agreements going into affect for many areas for next winter and we are going to be really tightening up those maintenance programs. It will ensure that we have bare pavement on class 'A' highways, such as the Coquihalla, within 24 hours at temperatures warmer than - 9."
 
The new contract for highway maintenance in the Nicola Service Area goes into effect July 1st, 2019.
 
Trevena says companies who bid on it will do so with the understanding the province expects highways to be clear and safe no matter what time of year.
 
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