Kamloops This Week
A stretch of highway that left Vavenby’s water system vulnerable will be safer this winter, following recent upgrades by the Ministry of Transportation.
Wells Gray Country Thompson-Nicola Regional District director Carol Schaffer pushed for changes to the Yellowhead Highway, seven kilometres north of Vavenby to Valemount, after multiple truck crashes last winter led to diesel fuel leaking into the North Thompson River, compromising the water supply to Vavenby residents.
Schaffer met in the past year with the ministry pushing for upgrades.
She said guardrails were installed in the last few weeks.
The cement barrier is expected to prevent trucks from contaminating her community’s water supply, especially as the area braces for snow.
“It’s one safety issue that will help,” Schaffer told KTW.