While travellers on the Coquihalla were parked due the highway being closed again between Hope and Merrit Friday, one transportation company says business has been stalled.
Bison Transportation’s Operations Lead Ian Matthews says they’re behind by at least a day.
“I think it’s frustrating for everybody, it’s… our dispatch group of course, trying to get the drivers to where they want to go, get them turned around, get the freight moving. From the customer perspective, absolutely; the phone calls the emails of where’s our trailer?”
He adds, “We’ve just got one day’s worth of freight sitting in various terminals, and then it’s working to get that caught up and everybody rolling again.”
Matthews says some drivers will be working over the weekend to get deliveries caught up.
He says some customers are understanding.
“For them it’s more of the updating, just let us know when it’s moving, let us know when it’s going to get to the destination, things like that. There’s some customers, of course, who need it now, and would like everything in our power to be done to get it there in time, but of course there’s not much we can really do when the roads are closed unfortunately.”
Matthews says drivers are always packed with provisions because they’re aware of how unpredictable road conditions can be on the Coquihalla highway.
North and Southbound traffic is still closed.