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Coquihalla reopened

Avalanche-control work will force a four-hour closure of the major highway linking BC's south coast and southern Interior on Saturday morning.

The Transportation Ministry says the closure of Coquihalla Highway 5 will begin at 7 a.m.

The closure will allow crews using helicopters to reduce the snowpack in avalanche paths and clean up any deposits that reach the highway.

Detours are available to motorists at Highway 1 at Kamloops and Hope, or via Highway 8 and Highway 1 at Merritt.

The ministry says it may periodically close other highways throughout the weekend because of avalanche control work.

Highway 1 is also closed. The route was blocked by an avalanche, it may be open by noon today (Saturday).

Updates on highway and road conditions will be available on the DriveBC website.

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The Canadian Press

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