Avalanche risk begs BC highway closures, traffic delays

Closed since Thursday due to avalanche risk, the only route from BC’s interior to the lower mainland for passenger traffic was reopened Saturday afternoon.

According to the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure, parts of Trans Canada / Highway 1 and Highway 3 were closed due to avalanche risk and large avalanche deposits on the road.

On Saturday at noon, the ministry issued a press release expecting the closed sections of the highways to reopen sometime Saturday night.

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However, DriveBC reported just after noon. 13, that Highway 3 had been reopened to traffic.

“Highway 1 and Highway 3 have been closed since Thursday due to avalanche risk and large avalanche deposits on the highway,” the ministry said at noon.

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“Crews are working to clear the deposits after receiving permission from the avalanche team. Highways 3 and 1 are expected to open tonight.”

There are three main routes from the interior of BC to the lower mainland, but only two are open to passenger vehicles: motorways 1 and 3.

The Coquihalla Highway, which was hit by severe flooding in November, has been reopened to traffic but only to commercial vehicles.


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Furthermore, Coquihalla was also closed on Thursday due to uncertain winter weather, although it reopened on Friday around 1 p.m.

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“As a result of the closures,” the ministry said, “Highway 1 between Popkum and Highway 3/5 split was heavily congested.”

The ministry said it is working with the motorway contractor to support any drivers who may be on the motorway.


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As of Saturday afternoon, DriveBC reports on several travel guides along Trans-Canada, such as a washout between Lytton and Spences Bridge that will not reopen until mid-January.

Also along Highway 1:

  • Travel advice between Langley and Hope due to winter conditions
  • Travel advice between Yale and 27 miles south of Jackass Mountain Summit due to winter conditions
  • Roadblock, avalanche removal between Yale to 26 km south of Jackass Mountain Summit)
  • Roadblock, leaching near Jackass Mountain Summit. Mid-January estimated reopening
  • Roadblock, high avalanche danger, Lytton to 1 km south of Jackass Mountain Summit
  • Travel advice between Sicamous to Field; heavy snowfall
  • Planned road closure, avalanche control work, Golden towards the western border of Yoho National Park. The work begins on Saturday at 14.30 PT

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Highway 3

  • Roadblock, avalanche removal, 37 km east of Hope
  • Scheduled road closure, removal of avalanche deposits, Kootenay Pass. The work begins on Sunday at 11.00 PT

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