Highway 97 to remain closed north of Summerland
The latest release from the BC Ministry:
A new crack in the slope along Hwy 97 north of Summerland was discovered early this morning and scaling crews have been pulled off the site for safety concerns.
The crack extends about 50 metres to the north and south of the current failure. This new development means that the highway will not reopen today, and there is no current estimated time for reopening.
Geotechnicial engineers have begun assessment with a helicopter flight, and monitoring of the crack will continue today to determine when work can safely resume. The alternate routes remain in place, and we remind drivers to check DriveBC.ca and @DriveBC on Twitter for the most up-to-date information.
Travel using alternate un-maintained routes is not recommended, and is being discouraged for safety reasons. The speed limit along the 201 Forest Service Road is 50 km/h, and people must drive with caution along this route. Vehicles over five tons and commercial trucks must detour via Hwy 97C, Hwy 5A and Hwy 3A to Hwy 3.
We understand the impact to local residents and business, and appreciate peoples’ patience while we work to create stability in this area. Further updates will be provided when more information is available.