Should the province reinstate tolls on the Coquihalla Highway once it re-opens to help pay for the cost of repairs?

Poll: Bring back Coq tolls?

The Coquihalla Highway east of Hope will take months to get reopened, while Highway 3 has reopened to emergency vehicles only.

The “atmospheric river” that hit British Columbia just over two weeks ago caused widespread mudslides and flooding across the southwest of the province, damaging all major highways that connect the Lower Mainland to the Interior.

During a subsequent press conference, Paula Cousins, with the Ministry of Transportation, said initial damage assessments on the Coquihalla were complete and while it's still too early to know how long repairs may take, she said temporary repairs would take "months.”

“Our crews are preparing site plans to begin temporary repairs, while engineering, procurement and construction experts work to determine the best and fastest way to restore the corridor to its pre-event conditions,” Cousins said.

Minister of Transportation Rob Fleming said there are five distinct “areas of concern” on the Coquihalla, some of which are “very significant.” Photos and videos from the highway show collapsed bridges and entire sections of the road completely washed away.

“The assessments that are going on right now with our geotechs, with our engineers, with road builders and others who are involved, is to come up with a plan about what a shorter term restoration of the Coquihalla might look like,” Fleming said. “[Being] mindful of the [winter] weather conditions ... what kinds of temporary fixes and alternate routes might be able to restore the Coq and on what timeline. We'll have updates, but this week it's unknown.”

Have an opinion? Send it to [email protected]

Previous Polls

January 25, 2022 - 10470 votes
Do you feel safe on the downtown streets of your city?

All the time: 2081
Some of the time: 5795
Never: 2594

January 24, 2022 - 12828 votes
Do you have a regular family doctor?

Yes: 9839
No: 2989

January 22, 2022 - 14182 votes
Should pay parking resume at hospitals in B.C.?

Yes: 2687
No: 11119
Unsure: 376

January 20, 2022 - 10200 votes
Does Canada need to shore up its border with the U.S to stop people trying to illegally cross on foot?

Yes: 6408
No: 3127
Unsure: 665

January 19, 2022 - 8440 votes
Is stimulus spending still required in Canada?

Yes: 1148
No: 6639
Unsure: 653

Previous Poll Results

Do you feel safe on the downtown streets of your city?

Total Votes:  10470
All the time: 
Some of the time: 

» Previous Polls

Have an idea for a poll question?
Email us [email protected]