Embankment collapse jams Highway 1 in Coquitlam

Eastbound traffic on Highway 1 through Coquitlam was jammed on Thursday morning after the collapse of an embankment forced the closure of two eastbound lanes near the Brunette exit.
The shoulder of Highway 1 eastbound in Coquitlam collapsed after an embankment gave way beneath it. (Steve Lus/CBC)

Eastbound traffic on Highway 1 through Coquitlam was jammed on Thursday morning after the collapse of an embankment forced the closure of two eastbound lanes near the Brunette exit.

The embankment was part of the work being done on the Highway 1 improvement project and crews were moving soil between North Road and Brunette Avenue.

Spokesman Max Logan said the highway would be fully reopened by 1 p.m. PT in time for the afternoon rush.

Logan said the collapse was impossible to predict and the contractor will foot the bill for the repair work.