Callan Road detour opens - traffic flowling smoothly along Highway 97

The latest report from the BC Ministry of Transportation as of Monday, Feb. 11, 1:26 pm.

The Callan Road detour opened this morning at 5am, and is working well for both light vehicles and commercial trucks. As this route is directly below the slide site, barriers have been installed above Callan Road to ensure safe travel along the detour.

While this detour is active, there will be occasional periodic stoppages of up to 45 minutes to allow for blasting work. These stoppages will not occur between the hours of 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Commercial vehicles that exceed 3.8 metres in width are only permitted on the detour between midnight and 5 a.m. Pedestrians and cyclists will not be permitted on the detour.

Please note that the speed limit for this 900 metre detour is 30 km/h, and drivers should use caution when travelling through the area.With the Callan Road detour in place, causing minimal impact to travel times, the forest service road detours are no longer necessary, and not being maintained. Travel on these routes is discouraged for safety reasons.

Our maintenance contractor Argo Road Maintenance Inc. will continue to maintain the Callan Road detour, and has dedicated extra equipment for plowing and sanding the road as necessary.

With regards to the slide site, we are still seeing slope movement at the south side of the site, and Highway 97 remains closed with no estimated time for reopening. Drilling and blasting is continuing. We are doing everything possible to have the highway reopened to traffic as soon as it is safe to do so. However, safety for drivers and our crews remains our top priority.

We remind drivers to continue to check DriveBC.ca and @DriveBC on Twitter for the most up-to-date information.