Potholes and crumbling pavement earned Squamish Valley Road a spot on the B.C. Automobile Association’s (BCAA) list of the 10 worst roads in the Sea to Sky Corridor.
In a letter to the District of Squamish, BCAA officials said British Columbians identified 581 separate stretches of roadway as unsafe, heavily congested or in desperate need of repair. Squamish Valley Road came in as the seventh-worst road in the corridor, with seven votes.
“We hope this information will be useful and help guide future road infrastructure decisions,” the letter stated.
While the District of Squamish maintains Paradise Valley Road, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure looks after Squamish Valley Road, district spokesperson Christina Moore said.
“Typically it’s not like we shut the door at that boundary,” she said, noting the municipality recently upgraded Cheakamus River Bridge that feeds both the Squamish Valley and Paradise Valley roads.
Ministry spokesperson Lisanne Bowness said the province has completed various resurfacing projects on Squamish Valley Road over the past few years, including a two-kilometre stretch this past summer. Officials are currently working on prioritizing future works throughout the region, and have identified the Squamish Valley Road as a high priority.
“The ministry will continue to target the most degraded sections of the road through our maintenance and rehabilitation programs,” Bowness stated.
The other nine roads on the list are in Whistler, Pemberton, Mount Currie and the Lillooet area. Highway 99 in the Pemberton area received the most votes, 38.