The family of a teen killed in a horrific crash last year is happy the province is finally building a median on a deadly stretch of Highway 10.
But they wonder, if authorities had acted sooner, if their son and his friend would still be alive.
Lisa Kehler said Tuesday she’s extremely pleased the province is constructing a median barrier along 600 metres of Highway 10, between Scott Road and Highway 91.
It’s where her son Cody, and his friend Chantal MacLean, slid on a rain-soaked curve on Oct. 13, 2014 while travelling westbound and sailed into oncoming traffic.
The two 17-year-olds – both students at Clayton Heights Secondary – were killed instantly.
The pair were on their way to have Thanksgiving dinner at Cody’s family’s house when the crash occurred.
“It’s seriously sad that medians were highly suggested two years ago,” Kehler told The Leader Tuesday. “I’m glad that it’s going up, but it’s not going to bring my son back.
“Barriers all the way up Highway 10, until you get to the most dangerous part, and then there’s nothing,” she said.
“It’s such a waste, because it didn’t need to happen… How many lives is too many?”
The B.C. Ministry of Transportation announced Friday that work will begin at the end of July to add 600 metres of median barrier between Scott Road and Highway 91, along with a widening of that section of Highway 10.
Drivers are advised to expect delays until the $2.15-million project is completed sometime this fall. The corridor carries 30,000 vehicles a day.
Kehler hopes to be at the project unveiling.
While it’s too late for her son, she feels he might not have died in vain if another life can be saved with the barrier.
It’s been an incredibly tough time for the family since the teens’ deaths, Kehler said.
“I think the shock and awe has worn off – now we’re just in the reality that he’s never coming home,” she said.
Kehler is now hoping to have the stretch of road renamed “Ladybug Hill” after her son. Ladybugs are a favourite family symbol for the Kehlers.
She has spoken with Delta councillors, but has received no assurances that a name change is being considered.