Avalanche control on Hwy. 1 and Hwy. 5

Motorists heading towards Vancouver or Calgary today will have to make alternative plans as both Highway 1 and Highway 5 will be closed in both directions.

DriveBC is reporting that Highway 1 will be closed for avalanche control over a 43.8 kilometre stretch from the West Boundary of Glacier National Park to the East Boundary of the park. This will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with individual closures expected of between two to four hours.

Highway 5 will also be conducting avalanche control in both directions from Exit 177, Junction with Highway 3 near Hope and extending all the way to Merritt. This will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. A detour will be available via Highway 1 and Highway 8.

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