We asked you what you thought about Coquihalla Highway and its issues this year.
Here is a snapshot of some comments.
Cindy Burnett Its a mountain pass! What do you expect?! It will never be perfect conditions. And if people learned to slow down and drive to the conditions it would be fine!
Tera Thompson-Pemberton There are two or three areas that are consistent problems. Those areas should have 24-hour grooming and sanding. Yes it would cost more but the way it is now isn’t working and when you think of the costs incurred by closures and multi-vehicle accidents it may break even and save lives. Something needs to be done.
Shelley Courtney The only thing that they changed on the Coquihalla is the speed limit, sounds like, shocker, the faster people drive, the more accidents. Especially in the winter.
Garfield Farquharson With advances in traction control, ABS, and tire technology, the roads should be safer, yet we see plenty of accidents and deadly ones too. Clearly the road maintenance is an issue. Unless the only people crashing are in 1978 vehicles.
Kerry Lynn Atherfold It’s not just the Coquihalla, there was just a news article similar to this about the Rogers pass. Everyone is in a hurry to get where they are going and not respecting the road conditions. They expect it to be perfectly cleared by highway crews and it’s always someone else’s fault. Slow down, leave more room when passing, turn your head lights on, clear the snow off your vehicle, ensure you have proper winter tires and be prepared to pull over or change your plans if the road conditions are bad.
Aron Forbes Sced The easiest way to solve the problem is to lower the speed limit to 90km/h from October to May and enforce it. People drive way, way too fast for the conditions. Or how about a $1,000 on the spot fine for truckers who don’t chain up. Oh, and maybe a few more plows.
Sean Mellows Agree it’s perception. I slid off near the summit once around 1991 or so. It’s no worse these days. Modern life has fostered expectations which seem to exceed the bounds of reasonable limitations. Like when it snows heavily all night and then first thing in the morning, people are screaming and crying ‘why isn’t my street plowed yet?’
Paul Cousins I’m guessing, since Big White is so dependent upon the condition of this particular highway, they wouldn’t mind contributing to its upkeep. That would make sense, would it not, that a business so heavily reliant on a single route of egress would want to assist with its maintenance?
Andrea Fiske Macleod The maintenance on this highway has gone downhill for the last two winters. Never in its history has it been shut down this often. You can drive the entire thing and you’re lucky to see one plow. It absolutely is worse than ever and people are paying for it with their lives.
Justin Corrigan The mentality that people think because ABS, traction control and 4WD systems have advanced to the point where they think they can drive the same regardless of weather I feel is a big part of it. The amount of people I see in AWD vehicles and 4WD vehicles tailgating and flying down the road these days seems to be more then I remember.
Laurier Bonsant You could see sparks flying when they were plowing the roads when the $10 fee was on. Now there’s no charge you never see sparks flying from the blades anymore because they don’t have the budget it’s all about profit for the people that are doing it
Eldon Smith If people would just wake up to the fact it snows and drive accordingly maybe there wouldn’t be such a problem
David MacKerricher I drove back from the coast last Saturday and as former operations manager of a highways district, I found that the roads were in absolutely terrible conditions. Very few plows were on the roads. The Connector was down to one lane and white conditions. No plows in sight at any time.
Karen Densmore It probably is mainly people driving too fast for the conditions, but my last trip on the Coq was in late November and we hit heavy fog for a spell…couldn’t see a thing. It was so terrifying I swore I’ll never drive that road in the winter again.
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