Rock mass still moving

The rock mass is still moving.

Geo-technical engineers have reported more movement in a fissure above Highway 97 near Summerland which means the road will remain closed for the time being.

Spokesperson for Arthon Construction, Jaqui Lloyd, says they have just finishing construction of an access road to enable heavy equipment to reach the slope.

"We’ll also be doing drilling and small localized blasts to help us assess the stability of the rock mass," says Lloyd.

She says about 10 millimetres of movement has been measured since Monday.

“Safety is the top priority. The ministry will be doing everything it can to reopen the highway as quickly as possible, but won’t open it until it is safe. Traffic is being detoured via Highways 97C, 5A, 3 and 3A. This is the recommended route for heavy commercial trucks.”

An additional route from Penticton to Kelowna via the Okanagan Falls Forest Service Road to Highway 33 is also available for use. This route adds one hour to the travel time between Penticton and Kelowna.

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