Single-lane traffic restored on damaged BC Highway 1
Friday, November 24, 2017, 6:02 PM - The westbound section of the Trans-Canada Highway 1 between Bridal Falls and Hope in British Columbia's Fraser Valley was re-opened in both directions to single lane traffic on Friday, after two mudslides forced this section of the roadway to close on Thursday night.
An eastbound detour is available via Highway 11 to Highway 7. The eastbound section of Highway 1 could remain closed until Sunday.
Drive BC reminded drivers on Saturday that a 50 km/h speed limit would be in effect, and to expect major delays.
Heavy rain targeted the Lower Mainland region in November, and the region is looking at about 50 mm through the weekend with locally higher totals for the Northshore mountains.
Multiple vehicles had to be extracted from the debris following the mudslides, including two tractor-trailers, according to CBC.
The RCMP say no one was injured. As of late Thursday night, the eastbound highway remained closed at Bridal Falls and the westbound remained closed at Hope.
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"On November 22nd, 2017, at approximately 11:30 pm., members from the Fraser Valley Traffic Service unit, Hope RCMP and the Chilliwack RCMP responded to a complaint of a large water/mud slide on Highway #1, in the area of Herrling Island, blocking both east and west bound lanes of the Highway," B.C. Ministry of Transportation said in a news release.
"Obviously people are fairly upset and worried," Fraser Valley district spokesperson Jennifer Kinneman told CBC before the roadway re-opened.
"There's still a large amount of debris and tree branches and mud covering the highway as well as downed power lines," she told the news agency. "It's a big mess."
Department of Highways personnel are on scene assessing the situation.
For a list of all highway closures visit drivebc.ca.
Check back for updates as we continue to monitor the situation.