VICTORIA, B.C. — A recent survey of 600 Ministry of Highways employees indicates that almost half of them feel the province’s roads and bridges aren’t safe.
The survey, conducted on behalf of the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU), polled highways workers to explore how well the ministry is positioned to achieve its strategic plans, trends that will likely impact the ministry’s work and workplace issues raised at union meetings.
Seventy-two per cent of respondents said funding cuts are a major concern facing the province’s highway system. Forty-four per cent said roads and bridges are inadequately inspected, posing a threat to drivers, while 86 per cent of employees say morale has dropped since 1995.
BCGEU president, George Heyman, tells local media that “Over the past four fiscal years, ministry funding is down by 4.1 per cent. Money needs to be put into road rehabilitation. The longer you wait, the more difficult and expensive fixing roads becomes.”
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