Tofino council: Is Province dropping ball on road?

Tofino’s municipal council is concerned about the shape of the highway heading into town and believes the Province could be dropping the ball on road maintenance. During last week’s regular council meeting, Coun. Cathy Thicke said several locals have raised the highway’s condition to her and she herself has noticed it is becoming unsafe.

“I do a fair bit of (bike) riding on that road and it is quite dangerous,” she said,

adding she was concerned with the amount of rubble on the road especially in light of the fact that there are no shoulders. District staff are spending time on the road’s maintenance despite her belief that the Province has hired a contractor to do the work, she said.

She suggested council write a letter to the Province and ask for clarification on what the Province’s responsibilities are in terms of road maintenance.

“So that we are not incurring costs that are over and above what this community needs to bear,” she said. “It’s not just about accidents, it’s about time and money that we are incurring.”

Coun. Al Anderson agreed and suggested along with the letter council should request a meeting with BC’s Ministry of Transportation during the Union of BC Municipalities Convention (UBCM) this fall. He said his main concerns about the highway are maintenance