Call for Improvements to Stretch of 16 Between Jasper and Tete Jaune
Prince George, B.C.- The stretch of highway 16 that runs between Jasper and Tete Jaune Cache has seen more than its share of serious crashes and there is a call to have something done about it.
The roadway is a main corridor for all manner of travellers including locals, tourists and truckers and is a critical link between B.C. and all points east. Cell service along the route is, at best, spotty.
Valemount Mayor Jeannette Townsend says there had been a meeting with the Minister of Transportation last year at the Union of B.C. Municipalities AGM. “We explained the dire circumstances that even my daughter saw, coming from Regina the year before for Christmas. There is no cell service and she saw a car go over the embankment. ” Townsend says the crash victims were a couple from Prince George who were on their way to Edmonton to get married “So that portion of the highway doesn’t just affect people who live in the immediate area, it affects everybody.”
The Yellowhead Highway Association’s B.C. Director, Sandy Salt, says the Town of Jasper submitted a resolution at last year’s AGM of the Highway Association ” requesting that this be sent to the Alberta Government, Federal Government, Parks Canada, and government of B.C. to look at improving that stretch. Not only does Valemount RCMP and emergency responders respond to incidents along that stretch, so do Jasper first responders. There have been many times that emergency responders from both communities have responded to the same incident. It is huge concern and it’s something we are working very to addressing and we hope to get some action.”
Mayor Townsend says while the Minister said he would look into the concerns expressed about that stretch of Highway 16, she thinks there is more that could be done. As a start, she suggests “The Village of Valemount, prepare a resolution for the Trans -Canada Yellowhead Highway Association to lobby the Provincial government in British Columbia to do something about that highway.”