A portion of Highway 1 through the Upper Fraser Canyon is about to reopen, according to a Ministry of Transportation newsletter.
The stretch of the Trans Canada between Lytton and Spences Bridge is set to open for traffic Friday, Jan. 14, for the first time since it was closed due to flooding and multiple washouts and mudslides in November.
When Highway 1 opens from Lytton to Spences Bridge, all types of vehicles will be permitted, however large loads will be limited to 25 metres in length.
Don’t expect smooth sailing, though. Drivers should expect two-hour delays on top of the regular travel times from Hope to Spences Bridge, with single-lane sections of the highway and an at-grade rail crossing. Speeds will be reduced in construction zones and work sites.
As well, BC Transportation is reminding motorists that it’s still winter and driving conditions can be unpredictable.
Highway 1 is currently closed from south of Lytton to Yale due to avalanche risk.
Work on repairs at Jackass Mountain, south of Lytton, has been also delayed by record snowfalls and the current avalanche risk. Once the snow is cleared the risk of slides subsides, BC Transportation says crews will resume repairs in the area.
The unprecedented flooding, mudslides and washouts in November impacted 15 sites along Highway 1 between Hope and Spences Bridge.
Repairs have progressed well in most locations, with crews completing most work at Tank Hill, Nicomen Bridge and Gladwin Culvert. Final Grading and paving is underway in anticipation of the Friday opening of the highway.