Winter Operations FAQ | Mainroad Howe Sound Contracting LP

Winter Operations Frequently Asked Questions
(This page will be updated periodically so check back often)

What is the road/highway service area that Mainroad Howe Sound Contracting is responsible for maintaining?
A. Mainroad Howe Sound Contracting is responsible for the maintenance of British Columbia’s Howe Sound-located provincial highways and roads including:

  • Highway 1: Cassiar Tunnel to Horseshoe Bay
  • Highway 99: Whistler to Duffy Lake
  • Pemberton Meadows Road
  • Pemberton Portage Road to D’Arcy

Mainroad is not responsible for plowing within municipal boundaries.

Which streets get plowing priority? How often are you plowing and apply the use of salt and winter abrasive?
A. It’s important for everyone to know that Mainroad’s plowing response time is determined by the standards set by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. Priority is given to numbered highways and school bus routes with other roads frequency determined by winter traffic volumes. These frequencies are reviewed annually by the Ministry to ensure that plowing priorities reflect any changes in the road network.

Where can I direct concerns about road conditions to Mainroad Howe Sound Contracting?
A. We encourage motorists and residents to report all road condition concerns by phone.

Report concerns by phone: 24 hour toll free hotline number: 1-866-904-0209.

Please report accidents, unsafe road conditions and road kill to Mainroad’s 24-hour hotline. This hotline is used to update DriveBC, dispatch additional personnel and record public communication as required.

You can also write us: Email:

We take all concerns raised by the public very seriously and investigate complaints.

Visit DriveBC |

  • For current road conditions
  • For weather forecasts
  • For real-time conditions via webcams

Where can I find news about Mainroad Howe Sound Contracting?
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