Highway 97 Update for February 11
Here is the latest update on Highway 97, as of Monday afternoon. As before, please attribute the following to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. Attached are photos of the Callan Road detour.
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.
Maintenance crews +will continue to maintain the Callan Road detour. The contractor has dedicated extra equipment for plowing and sanding the road as necessary.
With regards to the slide site, there is still 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. There is no estimate of when the highway might re-open.
Drivers are reminded to continue to check DriveBC.ca and @DriveBC on Twitter for the most up-to-date information.