|View of the unfinished Coquihalla Highway from Maurice's truck (ca 1985)|
My late father Maurice Belair was one of the 1000s of men and women who worked on that project from 1984 to 1986. He and his trusty Mack dump truck worked on Phase 1 (Hope to Merritt) of the 120 km (about 74.5 miles) toll highway. 
|Maurice's dump truck on the unfinished Coquihalla Highway (ca 1985)|
In early May 1986, Dad received a letter from the Ministry of Transportation and Highways (MOTH) to thank him for his “contribution in helping build the Coquihalla Highway”.
|MOTH letter to Maurice Belair|
We still have the letter, but the pin seems to be missing. I know that I didn’t attend the official opening on 16 May 1986, but I can’t remember if Dad did.
1. “Coquihalla: more than just a new highway”, The Hope (British Columbia) Standard, 14 May 1986, p. 4.
2. “Paving starts in spring”, The Hope (British Columbia) Standard, 8 January 1986, p. 3.
3. “Paving starts in spring”, The Hope Standard, 8 January 1986.
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