New MOTI District Director takes the wheel at Williams Lake – Williams Lake Tribune
The new District Director for the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure in Williams Lake said the flooding is at the heart of all concerns.
Sandi Griffiths told Tribune it has already established official contacts with representatives and partners of local government.
“As a ministry, we also communicate with the public on a daily basis through platforms such as DriveBC, Twitter and Facebook and this information is generated from our office here and at the provincial level as well.”
Griffiths replaced Todd Hubner, who retired after serving as District Director for many years.
She is no stranger to the area and previously worked at Williams Lake for nine and a half years with Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement (CVSE) before working at Dease Lake as Director of Operations.
“In 2016, I had a few acting opportunities as District Operations Director at Williams Lake, so I got a taste of the road and operations part of MOTI before heading north,” she declared.
Landslides, washouts and floods have been major challenges in the region in recent years and Griffiths said she didn’t see them going down the list at all.
“I entered it and joined a team of dedicated people from the ministry and maintenance contractors who work tirelessly to protect our infrastructure, minimize damage and restore access. We will therefore certainly seek to continue on this path, ”she added.
The district stretches west to Bella Coola, Shearwater, Ocean Falls, south to Lillooet and Spence’s Bridge, east to Likely, Horsefly and north to Red Bluff.
A tender was launched in December 2020 for the West Fraser Road reconstruction and realignment project and construction is expected to begin in spring 2021, she confirmed.
His interest in roads started during his work with CVSE and the division being under the envelope of MOTI.
“It was a natural progression for me to step up to the operations side,” Griffiths said.
Born on Vancouver Island, she has lived in almost every corner of the province.
“I used to say ‘every dam town’ because my dad worked for hydropower. “
Glad to be back in the Cariboo, she said she can’t wait to buy a house and make Williams Lake her home.