British Columbia

Here's a rundown of highway closures and conditions in B.C.

Planning a trip outside your home community? Check here for updates on road conditions as B.C. continues to recover from November's record-setting rainfall that triggered landslides and forced road closures throughout the province.

Washouts and closures have made travel in B.C. a challenge, but this list will help you plan ahead

Heavy equipment sits on the Coquihalla Highway near Carolin Mine Road, northeast of Hope, B.C., on Friday, Dec. 10, 2021. Extensive flood damage in mid-November damaged numerous sections of B.C. highways, effectively cutting off the Lower Mainland from the rest of the province. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)

Highways connecting the Lower Mainland to the rest of B.C. have faced flooding, landslides and in some cases, complete washouts since a historic storm hit the province Nov. 13. 

Many people who were left stranded when travel between the Lower Mainland and the rest of the province was cut off chose to head south into Washington state and back into Canada to get home.

At least 200 sites on highways in the Lower Mainland and Interior were affected, according to the province. However, the state of highways in B.C. remains ever changing amid further heavy rainfall and as routes are reopened following cleanup.

Here's a look at the state of B.C.'s highways as of 1 p.m. PT on Dec. 20. 

Lower Mainland

Highway 1: The stretch of the Trans Canada Highway connecting the Fraser Valley to Hope is open in two lanes in each direction as of Dec. 7.

Although that area is not limited to essential travel, the province is asking people to avoid unnecessary travel on Highway 1 to help keep the road safe for commercial vehicles transporting goods. 

Highway 7: Highway 7 between Mission and Hope was opened to general traffic on Dec. 6 after initially being restricted to essential vehicles only.

On Nov. 15, motorists were stranded as a result of several mudslides on this stretch of highway. According to the Ministry of Transportation, abandoned vehicles on Highway 7 were towed and moved to secure storage. 

The Ministry of Transportation says motorists will now be able to use the stretch to commute to work and drive children to school. The stretch is likely to see increased traffic, and drivers should be prepared for delays, according to the province.

A road is pictured underwater in the Sumas Prairie flood zone in the Fraser Valley on Nov. 30, 2021. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

Highway 11: The section between Hazelwood Avenue and Clayburn Road reopened Dec. 6 to passenger and emergency vehicles only, restoring the highway connection between Abbotsford and Mission. 

On Dec. 10, that same section reopened to commercial vehicle traffic as well. All traffic is now moving on the two southbound lanes of Highway 11 using a single lane in each direction. The northbound lanes remain closed until the highway can be fully repaired from flood damage.

Although it is not subject to an essential travel order, people are asked to limit unnecessary travel on this stretch of Highway 11. All drivers should expect a slower commute and delays.

Routes connecting Lower Mainland to Interior

Highway 1: The Trans Canada Highway between Lytton and Spences Bridge is closed due to a rock slide. There is no estimated reopening time, but DriveBC will provide an update on Dec. 8.

Highway 1 is also closed between Lytton and Jackass Mountain Summit with the exception of local and essential travel only, due to flooding and a mudslide. The situation at this section of the Trans Canada will also be updated Dec. 8.

Highway 3: There is currently a travel advisory in place between Hope and Princeton, restricting this stretch of Highway 3 to essential traffic only.

Checkpoints and travel restrictions are being enforced, and there is no stopping allowed in Princeton for vehicles over 14 tons. The province says to "expect congestion" on the route, as well as a police presence because, according to Transportation Minister Rob Fleming, there have been "too many accidents" on the highway.

The province plans on reopening Highway 3 to all traffic at 8 a.m. PT Tuesday, Dec. 21.

Collapsed sections of bridges destroyed by severe flooding and landslides on the Coquihalla Highway north of Hope, B.C., are seen in an aerial view from a Canadian Forces reconnaissance flight on Monday, Nov. 22, 2021. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)

Highway 5: The Coquihalla Highway between Hope and Merritt opened on Monday, Dec. 20 to commercial vehicles with a minimum licensed gross vehicle weight (GVW) of 11,794 kilograms.and inter-city buses only.

The arterial route that connects Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley to the province's Interior was damaged in more than 20 places after mudslides in mid-November knocked out multiple bridges.

Permanent repairs to the stretch will take longer, Fleming said, and will occur as essential traffic flows through the corridor. There is no date set for when the highway will open to all traffic.

Highway 12: The highway between Fountain Creek Road and Lillooet has been reopened on Dec. 3 after being closed due to a rock slide.

Highway 99: The highway between Lillooet and Pemberton reopened on Dec. 4 after a three-day-long closure due to a mudslide. A travel advisory is still in effect, with only essential traffic allowed. Vehicles with a licensed weight of more than 14,500 kilograms are not allowed. 

Heavy equipment is used to clear a mudslide from the Coquihalla Highway near Coquihalla Lakes Road, northeast of Hope, B.C., Friday, Dec. 10, 2021. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)

Interior

Highway 8: The highway connecting Merritt to Spences Bridge is closed, and has been essentially destroyed by washouts.

Fleming says 18 segments of the highway were damaged, including four bridges. 

A temporary bridge has been set up near Canford to provide local residents alternative access to the area.

For the latest conditions on the roads visit DriveBC.ca.

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