Letter: Make the Coquihalla safer

Chains, snow tires, salt and sand are little deterrent in this mountain land

I must confess the Coquihalla Highway that meets the sky can be a tragic mess in winter time.

Chains, snow tires, salt and sand are little deterrent in this mountain land.

I wonder if the Coquihalla Highway would show some mercy if those in charge took a page from road delays caused by blasting, slides etc. No through traffic until opportunity opens the window and shows the way to safety.

As in the above, close the highway to all traffic except the snow plow equipment which likely would remove a lot of stress from the operators, without the worry of incompetent, unprepared and inexperienced drivers freezing to death — stressed right out, while waiting for Jamie Davis or Bob Quiring’s tow trucks or an ambulance to come to your aid.

Any proposed idea to stop nature, be it man-made oil spills, ocean tides, four winds, rain or snow come with no guarantee ever offered

A time frame of openings would be determined by roughly the time taken to clear the worst areas from point A to point B or C where accidents are frequent. During the opening time table, a pilot vehicle would lead the way with transport trucks in the right lane, other vehicles in the left lane with proper distance in between vehicles. with absolutely no passing the pilot vehicle

I say again, give the operators removing snow a break and don’t travel if you don’t have to. Just an idea from a failed scholar, surgeon and astronaut who became a professional political dumpster diver.

Tom Isherwood


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