FREDERICTON, NB – New Brunswick’s transportation minister Roger Melanson has had to read the riot act to Brun-Way Highways Operations Inc.
The minister told the company Monday that it had to improve its snow-clearing performance on the Trans-Canada Highway or face fines of up to $10,000 a day.
The rebuke followed poor snow clearing during recent fall storms. Numerous complaints to the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure, with many motorists noting that section of the highway maintained by Brun-Way were barely passable while the section maintained by Maritime Road Development Corp. were significantly better.
Brun-Way is responsible for the highway from Long’s Creek, N.B., to the Quebec border.
Melanson said he first felt compelled to write a letter to Brun-Way after a storm in November. Officials in his department have had “many conversations” with Brun-Way about the issue since then.
He said he expects to see clear asphalt from one side of the road to the other within 24 hours after snowfall stops.
Under the terms of an agreement between the provincial government and Brun-Way, penalties of up to $10,000 can be imposed if there are 15 or more instances where the company does not perform up to expectation.
“We’ve got two options – to find a solution and get this corrected or to take a punitive action,” said Melanson.
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