LETTER: Safety-barrier delay cost lives

Editor:

Re: Young couple dies in crash, Oct. 16.

Editor:

Re: Young couple dies in crash, Oct. 16.

These tragic deaths should have never happened, and the BC Liberal government’s lack of action is to blame.

After a previous head-on crash at the Scott Road hill on July 25, 2012, involving three vehicles that injured three people, two seriously, I alerted the BC Minister of Transportation to the well-known hazards of this stretch of Highway 10 and the need for concrete median barriers to stop these dangerous spin-out crashes on this long curved hill.

Delta and Surrey councils were also forwarded this safety information at that time.

Delta Coun. Robert Campbell informed me that the Corporation of Delta was already aware of the problem and working with the local Ministry of Transportation office, who surveyed the highway in question later that summer for median installation and shoulder widening.

Unfortunately, the provincial government dropped the ball, and the concrete safety barriers were never installed for reasons unknown.

Maybe now they finally will be put in place, but unfortunately it is too late for Chantal MacLean and Cody Kehler, the two 17-year-old high school sweethearts from Surrey who were killed in the latest multi-vehicle crash.

What a terrible waste of young lives that could have easily been prevented with a simple roadway upgrade.

This construction project should have been tendered and completed during the past two years.

Don Pitcairn, BC Green Party transportation critic

 

 

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