Trans-Canada Highway between Lytton and Spences Bridge expected to reopen Friday

A closed section of the Trans-Canada Highway in the interior of British Columbia is expected to partially reopen Friday.

The Department of Transportation announced this week that Highway 1 between Lytton and Spence Bridge will once again see flowing traffic after being closed for nearly two months due to catastrophic flooding in mid-November 2021.

However, the Lytton-Hope highway remains closed, with the department noting that record snowfall and current avalanche risks have delayed work in the Mount Jackass area, south of Lytton.

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“Once the snow is cleared and the avalanche risks subside, our crews will resume work in this area,” the ministry said in a media update.

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In all, the department said the November floods significantly damaged 15 sites between Hope Bridge and Spences Bridge.

Since then, the ministry says work has been done to clear, repair and reopen the highway.

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“Many parts of the highway are operating with temporary access as we design and plan to build on long-term, durable solutions,” the ministry said.

The department indicated that when the highway from Lytton to Spences Bridge reopens, it will be open to all types of traffic, although there will be a limit of 25 meters in length.

The ministry said many parts of the highway will remain active construction sites and work areas, and speeds will be reduced. Motorists are required to obey all traffic lights and drive safely.

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In related news, reconstruction of damaged sections continues along Interstate 8 between Merritt and Spence Bridge.

The ministry said the highway, which remains closed, was damaged in 23 locations.

In a weekly update, the ministry said crews have completed temporary repairs at three sites, started construction at seven other sites and have 13 sites where work is scheduled in the near future.

“We are working on a forecast for the long-term repair schedule for Interstate 8, which we will share with residents as soon as possible,” the department said.

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