FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Four brand new vehicles and two refurbished ones have made the trip from the yard in Kamloops to the B.C. Peace, just in time for winter.

Dawson Road Maintenance will be well-equipped for all-season road work with sand-salt trucks with plows, graders, and new pickups.

Operations Manager Scott Fraser says some of the old fleet was aging, and it was time to either replace or revamp the equipment they had.

“The trucks are getting aged, and we’ve been planning this for a while. But with COVID-19 times, it’s been really hard to get it done,” said Fraser. “Finding people to get them all done, then they get stuck at the border for a while with all the paperwork. When we get them over the border here, then we do our insurance, so it’s taken a while, but they’ve finally made it.”

The company covers a rather large area, so the new vehicles will be put to work.

“We take care of a small area of Fort Nelson. We take care of a few roads and subdivisions just north of town, near Pink Mountain. Then Fort St. John up to the [Taylor] bridge and the bridge deck itself, and we also go to Hudson’s Hope.

Just because there’s no snow on the ground yet doesn’t mean the trucks will be sitting in the yard. Fraser says the trucks are constantly going.

“Those trucks are always going constantly, so as the summer dies out, those trucks are doing gravelling on the roads. Now we’ve got them moving sand and salt into all our yards, and we’ll start mixing them. Then we’ll start putting plows on the front and get them ready for winter. Then, in the spring, the reverse happens.”

According to a post on Facebook, these vehicles are part of ten pieces of equipment coming to Fort St. John by October 1st.