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B.C. spending $1 million to fix up Coquihalla highway bathrooms

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Work is anticipated to begin in late June, and all improvements are scheduled to be completed by the end of October 2021.

If you’ve ever travelled the Coquihalla, you’ll know how important it is to have a good bathroom available.

The B.C. government says it’s trying to improve that experience by spending $1 million on upgrades and accessibility improvements to rest-area washrooms.

Changes will be made at three locations near the Coquihalla Highway Summit, approximately 70 kilometres south of Merritt. These include the Coquihalla Lakes Rest Area, Britton Creek Rest Area and the Zopkios Commercial Vehicle Brake Check Facility (for southbound travellers).

Work will vary between locations, but will include:

* new exterior doors and frames;

* repairing and repainting interior walls;

* new interior partition walls;

* upgrading plumbing and fixtures;

* upgrading lights to LEDs;

* new countertops and sinks;

* repairing and resurfacing floors;

* making exterior building repairs; and

* installing electric hot-water tanks and furnaces.

A dedicated family washroom will be added to the Coquihalla Lakes and Zopkios facilities, improving accessibility. Also, more garbage bins will be provided at the south end of the Zopkios brake check facility, and signage will be installed to encourage their use.

Work is anticipated to begin in late June, and all improvements are scheduled to be completed by the end of October 2021.