New MOTI District Manager takes the wheel in Williams Lake – 100 Mile House Free Press
The new district manager for the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure in Williams Lake said flooding was a top concern.
Sandi Griffiths told the Grandstand it has already established formal contacts with local government officials and partners.
“As a ministry, we also communicate daily with the public through platforms such as DriveBC, Twitter and Facebook and this information is generated from our office here and provincially as well.”
Griffiths replaced Todd Hubner, who retired after serving as district manager for many years.
She is no stranger to the area and previously worked in Williams Lake for nine and a half years with Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement (CVSE) before taking a job in Dease Lake as an operations manager.
“In 2016, I had acting opportunities as District Operations Manager in Williams Lake, so I got a little taste of the road and operations part of MOTI before heading north,” she said.
Landslides, washouts and flooding have been major challenges in the region in recent years and Griffiths said she doesn’t see them going down the list at all.
“I walked in and joined a dedicated team of ministry people and maintenance contractors who are working tirelessly to protect our infrastructure, minimize damage and restore access, so we will certainly look to continue on this. way,” she added.
The district extends 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 issued in December 2020 for the West Fraser Road reconstruction and realignment project and construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2021, she confirmed.
His interest in roads began while working with CVSE and the division being under the MOTI envelope.
“It was a natural progression for me to move into 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 hydroelectricity.”
Happy to be back in the Cariboo, she said she can’t wait to buy a house and call Williams Lake her home.