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Coquihalla winter highway maintenance contract retained by Argo Road Maintenance.
 
The 10-year contract awarded yesterday to Argo Road Maintenance covers Hwy 5 from Lac Le Jeune to north of Clearwater, and contains an option for a five-year extension.
 
In announcing the contract, the Ministry of Transportation has instituted a number of higher standards the company will have to follow, including being more proactive prior to a winter weather event occurring.
 
Other improvements include returning the Coquihalla to bare pavement within 24 hours of a winter storm ending at pavement temperatures of -9 C or warmer and increasing patrols during a storm to every 90 minutes, instead of the previous standard of four-hours.
 
The 10-year contract begins Oct 1st.
 
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