- The vital highway connection between Metro Vancouver and the Interior was severed on Nov. 15.
- Commercial vehicles will be permitted on the road on Dec. 20, following quick restorations.
Coquihalla highway reopening soon to normal traffic after several temporary restorations:
The Coquihalla Highway (Highway 5) is developed to resume commercial vehicles and inter-city buses on Dec. 20, a month after it was extremely impaired by floods and mudslides.
Transportation Minister Rob Fleming declared at a press conference on Wednesday.
He stated the reopening was “one of the most remarkable engineering feats in recent memory in the province of British Columbia.” Source – cbc.ca
Fleming states the precise time of day the Coquihalla would be unrestricted to commercial vehicles is yet to be decided, but it would be ere the end of day Monday.
Permanent restorations to the time will take extended, Fleming stated and will appear as important traffic flows via the corridor beginning Dec. 20.
Some of the areas of the route will just have two lanes unrestricted, and electricity will not be working through those times. Further points are set to be provided ere the resuming on Monday.
Officials stated the road will bring 45 minutes more extended than expected to travel in perfect climate circumstances due to the impairment.
The arterial road was impaired in almost 20 locations after mudslides in mid-November tumbled numerous bridges, and has been shut to all travel since Nov. 15.
There is no date fixed yet for when the road will be available to everyone.
There will be checkpoints at Hope and Merritt to confirm non-essential vehicles is held off the highway on Dec. 20. Highway 3, which operated as the commercial way to the Interior after the Coquihalla closing, will be reopened to all vehicles on Tuesday.