City of Merritt meeting with ICBC to discuss issues with winter highway maintenance.
Mayor Neil Menard says the goal was to improve safety when they met with officials from the Crown corporation last week at the UBCM convention.
"They are aware of our concerns over the last couple years. They don’t disagree they don't need to take a look at driver training for mountainous passes. Also, that they must take a look at how they can ensure trucks have proper tires and chains. And, we also talked about increased policing from both RCMP, and CVSE."
New winter highway safety measures go into effect Oct 1st in BC.
They include stricter commercial vehicle chain-up requirements and fines, enhances road maintenance monitoring, and the extending of winter tire and chain regulations on select highways, including the Coquihalla.
Menard says the same concerns expressed to ICBC were also echoed to the Minister of Transportation and Premier last week in Whistler.
Nicola Valley Institute of Technology cutting the ribbon on brand new $10-million Centre of Excellence in Sustainability.
President Ken Tourand says a ceremony to officially mark the opening of the 20,000sqft expansion takes place this morning at 11:30am.
"It's tremendous addition to our campus. We're still kind of working out the last details of getting the entire building operational, in terms of the gymnasium and fitness centre. But, we have classes happening in there now, and this will really be the official opening."
The Centre of Excellence in Sustainability features also features a clean energy lab powered by geo-thermal energy, a greenhouse and a culinary arts kitchen.
It's the largest capital investment at the Merritt NVIT campus, since it was built in 2002.