Remote avalanche control

Traffic should move a little smoother now that the province has  finished the avalanche-control system west of
Revelstoke by installing five new remote avalanche-control stations.

"The highway network is critical to transportation between rural communities and the ministry is dedicated to reducing delays and closures due to avalanche," said Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Claire Trevena. "This expanded remote-control system allows our technicians to reduce the risk of uncontrolled avalanches and keep the highway open and safe for motorists."

$2.3 million has been invested in remote avalanche-control systems in Three Valley Gap, west of Revelstoke. This year, the total number of stations has been increased from four to nine in time for winter.

The old technology relied on a helicopter dropping detonations in specific conditions, remote avalanche-control systems allow technicians to conduct explosive control missions on a 24-hour basis with the use of a laptop. This means they can easily control when and how long road closures take place, reducing the effect on B.C. highways.

During avalanche season, drivers can expect some closures either due to high avalanche hazard conditions or to allow for avalanche control; however, with the new technology in place, the average closure length is expected to be reduced by approximately 50%.

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