British Columbia Sun

B.C. roadways resume, food systems beginning to get steady, regional officials state

Key takeaways: 

  • Highway 99, separated after the fatal mudslide, is presently open to tiny wheels for a necessary trip. 
  • The Malahat Highway on Vancouver Island’s traffic continues Friday among improvements from the significant storm that separated many of the region’s important supply routes.

BC highway now opens, along with food supplies getting stable: 

Round-the-clock attempts to recover important shipping and food supply lines in British Columbia are beginning to produce fruit, the region’s transportation and agriculture ministers announced on Saturday.

Highway 99 resumed almost at noon PT with two roads north of Pemberton to tiny vehicles only, with authorities still urging autoists to only drive for necessary purposes such as turning to a primary house address.

“This will provide a second connection from Lower Mainland to the north, through Pemberton and Lillooet,” Rob Fleming, B.C.’s minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, announced at a press conference Saturday morning. “It is designed for smaller vehicles because of the terrain — nothing larger than a cube truck will be allowed on the highway.” Source – cbc.ca

Also read: One dead, 13-wounded after semi-trailer crashes with a bus on B.C. highway

According to a regional government statement Saturday, “checkpoints will be in place and travel restrictions will be enforced,” and only vehicles scaling less than 14.5 tonnes will be permitted. Heavier trucks should take Highway 3, which opened Friday, the statement said.

“I can’t stress enough that keeping this corridor open is vital to British Columbians where goods are short,” Fleming stated, relating to Highway 3. “People have been up day-and-night working around the clock … at an accelerated, exhausting pace.” Source – cbc.ca

On Vancouver Island, the Malahat highway opened Friday to two-way traffic after being shuttered by floods of floodwater last week.

Late Saturday, the region announced Highway 1 opened to a particular lane of traffic in each direction connecting Hope and Highway 9 east of Chilliwack.

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