Mainroad East Kootenay Contracting (MEKC) will be hosting a pre-winter public information meeting at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort on Tuesday, November 14th at 1:30 p.m. Information on the roles and expectations of the Provincial East Kootenay Highway Maintenance Contract (PEKHMC) as well as winter storm preparation and response will be covered and questions from the public will be fielded by presenters.
Highway maintenance services have been provided by the contracting group for the East Kootenays since 2001 and the maintenance contract coverage extends to east of and generally parallel to the Kootenay Lake; southern is the U.S. border; east is the Alberta border; and northern is approximately 28 kilometres north of Radium Hot Springs.
Service is essential in this wide open area that links smaller communities by Valley highways, mountain passes, and supported road systems.
Guests will be illuminated on how MEKC stays abreast of the rapidly changing winter conditions inherent to mountainous roads while the company fulfills its mandate “Your roads — your team, linking communities and families.”
Key challenges the company faces during the winter months are accurate weather forecasting and other issues that include: quick deployment of equipment over large areas, rock falls and slides, snow avalanches, icing in transition regions, heavy snowfalls, mountainous terrain and flooding, according to information found at www.mainroad.ca.
The road maintenance company is responsible for maintaining B.C.’s provincial highways and services 3,673 lane kilometres in the East Kootenay service area including: 106 bridges, 45 retaining walls, 4,100 culverts, four tunnels, 11,000 signs and 11 rest areas.
Mainroad will also be sharing its Shift into Winter driving tips that are available online and can be found at www.shiftintowinter.ca.