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Record Coquihalla snowfall not so nasty for truckers

Last Updated Dec 24, 2019 at 7:20 pm PDT

FILE: The Coquihalla is being hit by heavy snowfall. A crash has shut down Highway 5 to northbound traffic between Hope and Merritt. (Courtesy Drive BC)
Summary

President Dave Earle says there weren't any significant problems during the cleanup

The storm dropped 97 centimetres of snow at the Coquihalla Summit and 103 centimetres at the Allison Pass

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — The President of the BC Trucking Association was impressed with the swift cleanup of the highways during last week’s record snowstorm on some major B.C. highways.

President Dave Earle says there weren’t any significant problems during the cleanup.

“The Ministry of Transportation restructured how they actually interacted with contractors over the past couple of years and have new service providers in a bunch of districts around the province. We are really quite pleased,” he explains.

Environment Canada says the storm dropped 97 centimetres of snow at the Coquihalla Summit and 103 centimetres at the Allison Pass in just under 48 hours.

“When you look at how much snow came down, how quickly it came down, and how the contractors were able to respond to manage it, I don’t know if it could be handled much better honestly. It was a phenomenal amount of snow,” Earle says.

The heavy snowfall caused major routes to temporarily shut down on Friday.

– With files from Jeff Andreas