The recent heavy snowfall in the Sea to Sky region has uncovered a design flaw in the newly unveiled variable speed signs installed between Squamish and Whistler on Highway 99.

The signs change the legal speed limit of the road when activated in adverse weather conditions. The design means snow is able to collect on the sign and completely cover the LED display. The 16 signs between Squamish and Function Junction are part of a $12.5 million project by the province that also includes 31 signs on the Coquihalla and Trans-Canada highways.

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure says they are aware of the issue that can happen when there is ‘the right mix of wind and wet snow’. They are currently working closely with the sign manufacturer to prevent snow from building up on the signs, and are actively monitoring and clearing them when possible.

The signs are largely made and manufactured in B.C.

Filed under: Highway 99, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Sea to Sky, Squamish, Whistler