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Highway closures, road advisories due to flooding compiled in handy list

In wake of flooding, slides new TranBC page streamlines info travellers need
Highway 1 at No. 3 Road on Nov. 16, 2021. (TranBC/Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)

It has been challenging for anyone across the flood-impacted Fraser Valley to stay on top of provincial highway closures in and around the flood zone because they’re constantly in flux.

The provincial Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI) has created a web page, updated several times a day focused on current road advisories and highway impacts across B.C. from recent flooding and slides.

Road repairs, slide and flood debris cleanups take time, and with more water on the way, things could change.

“We are actively responding, monitoring and assessing the many highway closures, and will continue to do so as we work with local and emergency service partners,” said the MOTI notice on the new TranBC page.

Motorists can check DriveBC, as it is still the most current source of highway conditions, according to MOTI.

South Coast updates as of Nov. 24, included the following:

Highway 1 – Popkum to Hope

Open to one lane of travel in each direction for essential travel only between Popkum and Hope (Hwy 9 exit to Flood-Hope Exit)

Drivers are reminded to drive to conditions, use caution and expect delays.

Highway 1 - Abbotsford

Closed between McCallum Road and Yale Road West

Highway 11 - intersection to Cole road is open for emergency agriculture access only. Essential travel rules in effect.

Highway 1 - Fraser Canyon (South Coast and Interior)

Open for local travel from Hope as far as Boothroyd (through Yale, Spuzzum and Boston Bar).

Single lane alternating between Yale and Boston Bar due to Nov. 22 rock fall.

Closed from Boothroyd to Spences Bridge

Essential travel only, and watch for ongoing work and traffic control. OTHERWISE CLOSED between Hope and Spences Bridge.

Highway 3 -

Open to travel in both directions with localized areas of single-lane alternative traffic between Hope and Allison Pass.

Essential travel only, and please watch for ongoing work and traffic control.

Highway 5 - Coquihalla

Closed – Hope to Merritt

Highway 7 -

Open – Mission to Hope is open for essential travel only from Murray Street in Mission to Highway 1 in Hope.

Abandoned Vehicles were towed to Agassiz Community Recreation and Cultural Centre – 6660 Pioneer Avenue, Agassiz, ad then moved for secure storage. Contact: Reliable Towing at 1-888-463-8621 or 604-856-8621. Owners will be required to show government issued, picture ID to pick-up their vehicles.

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Jennifer Feinberg

About the Author: Jennifer Feinberg

I have been a Chilliwack Progress reporter for 20+ years, covering the arts, city hall, as well as Indigenous, and climate change stories.
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