Penticton & South Okanagan News
Hwy 3 will be closed overnight
Update 4:30 p.m. Jan 29:
Highway 3 will remain closed for a third straight night at the scene of a rock slide just west of Keremeos.
According to information received late Wednesday afternoon from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, an aerial assessment of the site planned for Wednesday had to be cancelled this afternoon, due to low cloud cover and low visibility.
The new plan is to perform the aerial assessment of the site tomorrow morning (Thursday). In the meantime, the highway remains closed in both directions.
MoTI officials will continue to monitor the site and if weather conditions clear sooner than expected, an earlier opening may be possible if it is deemed safe.
Traffic is advised to use Highway 5A as an alternate in Princeton and Highway 97/97c as an alternate from Osoyoos and Kaleden Intersection south of Penticton.
Please continue to check DriveBC for updates.
For safety reasons, the Ministry of Transportation has decided to keep Highway 3 closed due to falling rock and an overnight dump of snow.
Due to a second rockfall at the site on Tuesday, the ministry wants to ensure the site remains stable and safe for crews to continue with the cleanup work.
The slide Tuesday, was smaller than the one Monday, which damaged vehicles on the road at the time. It was approximately 20 cubic meters in size, with the largest piece of rock being approximately one meter in diameter.
Ministry staff are planning on performing another aerial assessment of the site today (Wednesday).
This was going to happen in the morning, but was delayed due to the weather.
The assessment is now planned for this afternoon.
The further assessment will allow the ministry to determine what slope work needs to be done before the highway can be opened.
Further updates will be available later today.
Meanwhile, traffic is still being advised to use Highway 5A as an alternate in Princeton and Highway 97/97C alternate from Osoyoos and Kaleden intersection south of Penticton.
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