One of the busiest freeways in British Columbia is set to reopen at 2pm on Thursday after being closed for more than a week.
Highway 1 between Abbotsford and Chilliwack has been considered safe for vehicles and will be accessible to all vehicles from Thursday afternoon.
Crews have worked faster than expected and have pushed the reopening between McCallum Road and Yale Road West up from the estimated reopening time at.
The province decided not only to restrict access to essential vehicles as there are enough lanes open to facilitate all travelers.
The road has been closed for a week and a half after being engulfed by floods during a historic storm. Crews had to wait until the water level dropped before they could make the safety assessments needed to open the road, the province said.
Transport Minister Rob Fleming said on Thursday that traffic will not be as usual along this stretch, it will be slower than usual and drivers should expect delays.
Highway 1 between Popkum and Hope remains open for one lane in each direction and is only for significant journeys.
The BC government still urges residents to be prepared for the storms and be ready to leave with a moment’s notice.
Freezing rain is causing chaos on the roads in the Edmonton region, several fatal collisions Thursday morning
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The province is recovering from devastating floods and mudslides in mid-November, and now the first of three atmospheric rivers has hit the province.
The previous floods and mudslides killed five people and destroyed parts of major highways, railroads and farmland.
BC Floods: Highway 1 Chilliwack to Abbotsford to reopen
Highway 1 through BC’s Fraser Valley is due to reopen to traffic on Thursday
About 80,000 drivers use the route between Langley and Chilliwack every day, according to the Department of Transportation.
BC evening weather forecast: 24 Nov.
The next 3 storms hitting BC are expected to be atmospheric rivers
The province is asking everyone to stay up to date with warnings, buy only what you need in the short term, storm-proof your home and follow road and travel restrictions.
More on the way.
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