Meeting at Argo promotes winter awareness

The recently installed roundabout will be something new but staff at Argo Road Maintenance don't anticipate any major difficulties

The recently installed roundabout on Highway 5 in Clearwater will be something new but staff at Argo Road Maintenance don’t anticipate any major difficulties in keeping it clear of snow.

That was the word from Dale Schneider, Argo operations manager, during a winter awareness meeting held recently at the company’s maintenance yard in Clearwater.

The meeting is held every year as winter approaches to improve communication and planning among the different agencies involved in highway maintenance and safety.

Organizations represented this year included RCMP, District of Clearwater, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, BC Parks, On Call Towing, and Lakes District Maintenance from Blue River.

One significant change for Argo in the North Thompson Valley is the three new municipalities of Clearwater, Barriere and Sun Peaks taking over road maintenance, said Schneider.

Even though District of Clearwater took over maintenance of the roads within its boundaries (other than Highway 5 and the road to Wells Gray Park) this year, the local Argo winter crew and equipment will remain as it was, the operations manager said.

There is a reciprocal agreement with the District that will see the municipal contractor, Borrow Enterprises, snowplow isolated roads in the Candle Creek and Sunshine Valley areas that outside the municipal boundaries. In return, Argo will take care of Dunn Lake Road south of the North Thompson River.

“I expect in the first year there will be some confusion. I ask the public to be patient,” Schneider said.

First priority continues to be Highway 5, followed by the school bus routes. If there is no school, the school bus routes revert to the priority of regular roads.

“Our headache is starting,” said Cpl. Bart Doerr of Clearwater RCMP’s traffic services. He noted that police will not respond to minor accidents if no injuries are involved and no vehicle is blocking the road.

“We have some very experienced road maintenance people on staff. I am confident in their abilities,” said Doug Borrow. His company, Borrow Enterprises, recently won the contract to maintain the roads within District of Clearwater’s boundaries. Two trucks and a grader will be dedicated to working within town, he said, plus there are several other pieces of equipment available as backup.

 

District of Clearwater is working to obtain land to locate a weather station on, said chief administrative officer Leslie Groulx. NavCanada already operates several weather cams from the roof of the Sportsplex.

 

 

Just Posted

UPDATE: 5 injured in plane crash following Abbotsford International Airshow

One in critical condition in incident involving vintage plane

Slippery suspect evades RCMP near Clearwater twice in one week

Anyone with information urged to contact RCMP or Crime Stoppers

B.C. Wildfires 2018: Thousands prepare to leave their homes at a moment’s notice

Northwest B.C. and Cariboo seeing most fire activity in province as crews battle 490 fires

Robert Lee discovered Helmcken Falls 105 years ago

By Roland Neeve Part two of two Anxious to get his letter… Continue reading

X Sky Paragliding’s El Nido Fly-in has best year yet

Pilots from across B.C. attend event and break site records

Average Canadian family spends 43% of income on taxes: study

Fraser Institute’s consumer report shows taxes accounting for larger chunk of income each year

RCMP to search for body after man drowns in B.C.’s Buntzen Lake

Officers and fire crews responded but the man from the Lower Mainland is believed to have drowned.

Police chiefs call for stricter controls on pill presses to fight opioids

Canada’s police chiefs are urging Ottawa to beef up its fight against the opioid scourge by closely vetting people who import pill presses

Hot, dry conditions forces drought rating to highest level on Vancouver Island

The province says Vancouver Island is under Stage 4 drought conditions

Victoria police say explicit calls continue to target women

Over 50 reports of unwanted, sexually explicit calls have come in

‘It’s like a party in your mouth’

B.C. creator’s Milkshake Burger makes its debut at the PNE

Get involved in the Great Canadian Bumble Bee Count

Environmental organization develops app to help with the nationwide count

Pesticides linked to bee deaths will be phased out in Canada, sources say

Neonicotinoids, or neonics, are a class of pesticides used by farmers and hobby gardeners alike

Most Read