‘Seeing people unprepared over and over again’: Mainroad crews frustrated by drivers

Crews in Cumberland were kept busy clearing the snow on Dec. 2, 2022.

Road maintenance crews tasked with clearing the snow on Island roads say they were frustrated as some drivers hit the road under-or-unprepared.

The snowfall took a mid-day break in many areas but began falling again mid-to-late afternoon in places like the Comox Valley and Campbell River.

Police, fire and ambulance crews spent the day responding to numerous crashes in just about every place that had snow.

Air travellers were delayed in Nanaimo and plows were kept busy keeping the runway there clear.

Highway maintenance crews were also running non-stop and have been since the first storm hit Monday.

“Another five to 10 today and possibly another 10 cm overnight tonight and then we’re hoping to get a few days of sun and a little bit of a warming trend and get a break from the snowfall,” said Mainroad North Island operations manager Justin Burgers.

Strathcona Parkway up Mount Washington can get more snow than any other paved road on the Island and Mitch Jensen, a plow operator with Mainroad, was called in Friday to work the route.

He says other drivers can help out no matter where it is.

“The hardest part is seeing people unprepared over and over again,” said Jensen. “It would be nice to see people coming up with winter tires and chains and just being generally prepared for the snow.”

Travel advisories were still in effect for the Malahat and Highway 4 at 5:30 p.m.

It was a snow day Friday for North Island College students in Courtenay, Campbell River and Port Alberni while public schools were also closed in the Comox Valley and Campbell River due to inclement weather.

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