No semis on hwy detour

UPDATE: 4:10 p.m.

DriveBC has clarified that the detour around a washout undermining Highway 33 east of Kelowna is closed to all commercial vehicles, not just oversized loads.

The highway remains closed 22 kilometres east of the Highway 33/97 junction.

A detour via Goudie Road to Cardinal Creek Road is for light traffic only.

Commercial vehicles are required to take Highway 97 and Highway 3. 

UPDATE: 2:50 p.m.

Despite a Ministry of Transportation edict that no oversize loads are allowed on the detour via Goudie Road until further notice, semis are continuing to use the bypass around this morning's landslide.

Numerous Castanet readers have reached out stating tractor-trailers are driving on Sun Valley Road.

"We are dumbfounded that no one is policing this," said one resident. "Something is going to happen."

UPDATE: 1 p.m.

Highway 33 remains closed in both directions east of Kelowna.

An estimated time of reopening is not yet available.

No oversize loads are allowed on the detour via Goudie Road until further notice, DriveBC reports. 

That follows concerns raised by residents that the detour road will not hold the weight of commercial truck traffic.

"It's disintegrating," one angry resident told Castanet. "Residents are prepared to take whatever action (is) necessary."

UPDATE: 12:10 p.m.

Steve Sirrett, district manager with Transportation B.C., tells Castanet crews are on scene and working to assess the damage. "Ultimately it appears the ground was over saturated and the bank gave way, crews are on site now and will be working continuously to get the road re-built and back open."

Castanet reporter Alanna Kelly is on scene now.

UPDATE: 8:20 a.m.

The washout on Highway 33 appears to be far more serious than originally thought, the photo clearly shows the pavement hanging by a thread for approximately 45 metres.

Fixing the slide is likely going to take a significant amount of time which means the detour via Goudie Road and Cardinal Creek will be in use for the duration.

Kari Fargo, who lives in the Joe Rich area called Castanet Tuesday morning to plead with drivers to "please slow down in that area.

"It's not a highway and there are children and school buses on Goudie Road." 

ORIGINAL: 6:55 a.m.

There has been another closure this morning, Highway 33 is closed in both directions, from Mission Creek Bridge to Kelowna a 23.2-kilometre stretch, because of a washout.

There is a detour via Goudie Road and Cardinal Creek Road.

Crews are on scene assessing the situation and an update will be provided later today.


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