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.