TCH remains closed due to extreme avalanche risk

REVELSTOKE, B.C. — The Trans-Canada Hwy. remained closed in B.C. yesterday as the threat of more avalanches remains high.

B.C. Transportation Ministry spokesperson, Maria Collard, told local media yesterday that a 150-kilometre stretch of Hwy. 1 remained closed from Revelstoke, well into Alberta, due to a high avalanche hazard and extreme winter driving conditions. An avalanche on Tuesday damaged two trucks, but there were no injuries reported. It was the second avalanche in the area in as many days.

Truckers have been facing lengthy detours when making the well-travelled between Calgary and Vancouver. Hwy. 3 and Hwy. 5 are being used by most truckers, but the detours will add hours to each trip. The Hwy. 5 detour through Kamlooks and Edmonton for eastbound deliveries adds about three hours to a trip to Winnipeg, for instance.

B.C. Trucking Association president, Paul Landry, says the highway closure is having an economic impact, with about 1,000 trucks crossing the Alberta/B.C. border every day on the Trans-Canada Highway.

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