The executive director for highways says the province has more than enough salt to cover highways across the Lower Mainland.
Norm Parkes says Mainroad, the contractor used by the province, has used 5,000 tonnes of salt so far.
And he says they have another order placed to deal with upcoming cold weather.
“They’ve sourced and they’ve continued to source every year, salts and aggregates and everything they need. They’ve actually done fairly well this year, they have 5,000 tonnes of salt remaining and have orders in for another 7,000 tonnes.”
Parkes says he couldn’t comment on how he thought municipalities such as Vancouver City Council have dealt with the icy conditions.
However, he suggested the region might benefit from connecting with the province’s contractor to ensure they’re never at risk of running out of salt.
“That’s part of their contract. They need to have the materials, they need in order to maintain the roads and it makes sense to coordinate. I believe there are a number of suppliers of salt on the Lower Mainland and it makes sense if everybody knew how much they wanted to make sure enough is brought in.”
The province is responsible for maintaining major highways in the region, along with bridges like the Alex Fraser.