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Slide rocks traffic movement in B.C.

HOPE, B.C. -- The Trans-Canada Highway in southern B.C. has been closed in two separate areas due to unprecedented ...


A debris slide has covered a section of the Trans-Canada Highway between Lytton and Spences Bridge.
A debris slide has covered a section of the Trans-Canada Highway between Lytton and Spences Bridge.

HOPE, B.C. — The Trans-Canada Highway in southern B.C. has been closed in two separate areas due to unprecedented weather conditions and the resulting slides that have affected the highway.

Closures are in effect in both directions from Rosedale to Hope and from Lytton to Spences Bridge.

Crews have been working around the clock on reopening these sections, but due to the extreme nature of the slides, both sections will remain closed until further notice.

From Rosedale to Hope, there are 11 separate slides over 10 km where debris has come down onto the highway, damaging the highway in areas.

Currently, six loaders, three excavators and a number of dump trucks are working on the site, with 25 people working around the clock. Once debris is cleared, repairs to the highway will be required. Crews are working towards opening the westbound lanes first for single-lane alternating traffic. Detours are available through Hwy. 7 and Hwy. 9.

Several slides have also closed the route between Spences Bridge and Lytton, and crews have begun working at the north end of the site 15km north of Lytton and are working south.

Travellers can consult www.drivebc.ca for updates.


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