Penticton & South Okanagan News
Two vehicles damaged in slide
Two vehicles were definitely damaged in a small rock slide west of Keremeos Friday afternoon, according to RCMP Cpl. Mike Gallagher.
Gallagher said three good sized rocks, about 40 pounds each, came down on to Highway 3 and the cars hit them.
The location was around 100 yards west of the original slide, which came down on the highway in January.
One car, a Ford SUV, sustained a blown tire and the other, a 2011 silver Kia, had damage to the undercarriage.
The male driver whose vehicle sustained the tire damage, put on a spare and left.
The Kia was towed to the impound yard behind Fas Gas Plus in Keremeos.
The driver of the Kia was believed to be a woman.
Neither driver was injured and the highway was not closed, according to Gallagher.
There were reports of more rocks coming down Friday evening, but Gallagher said he did not have information on that.
There have now been reports of at least three slides at the location. The first major one took place in January. In May, a semi truck was hit by a boulder. The highway was closed in both directions, following that incident. Friday's slide is the third.
According to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, the temporary berm that was constructed at the site has been successful in reducing the majority of rockfall on the roadway,
But the ministry does intend to complete long term safety improvements at the location in two phases.
The first phase will be the construction of a three metre high concrete wall in the westbound slow lane for increased rock catchment, to boost safety for the travelling public.
This work is expected to be completed later this summer, and will reduce the likelihood of rocks reaching the highway.
The second phase will be excavation of the upper slope to create a wider ditch, a large rock catchment area, and to re-establish the highway to four lanes.
Design work for this part of the repair is underway.
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