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Friday, January 28, 2022

Highways are reopening in B.C., but free-flowing traffic is still months ahead

Key takeaways:

  • British Columbia may have seen the last of the “powerful storms,” according to Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth.
  • Flooding has kept Highway 3 east of Princeton closed, but it may reopen in part on Thursday afternoon.

According to Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth, British Columbia may have seen the last of the “strong storms.”

“I am grateful that the worst weather appears to be behind us,” he remarked at a press conference on Thursday.

However, the province still has a lot of work to do.

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Farnworth urges everyone to continue to follow road restrictions, adhere to fuel rationing, and travel only for vital reasons, as the province’s hardest-hit areas may take a long time to repair.

“British Columbians have gone through a lot, and governments at all levels will be here to help them get through this difficult time,” Farnworth said.

The federal and provincial governments, he claims, have formed a working committee to guarantee that assistance and information are available at all levels.

There is also some good news in the province regarding highways and transit.

Highways in B.C. starting to reopen but free-flowing traffic still months  away.

According to Transportation Minister Rob Fleming, Highway 1 from Abbotsford to Chilliwack will reopen Thursday afternoon, letting traffic move from Vancouver to Hope.

According to Fleming, Highway 1 between Popkum and Hope has been reopened, but there is a three-kilometer stretch at Bridal Falls where traffic is prohibited. The eastbound lanes are shut, and traffic is redirected to one lane in each direction over to the west side of the roadway.

According to Fleming, highway 3 is still open for the supply chain, but it is under an essential travel order, with truck drivers being the priority.

Flooding has kept Highway 3 east of Princeton closed, but it may reopen in part on Thursday afternoon.

According to Fleming, Highway 20 between Pemberton and Lillooet is currently open, while Highway 99 between Pemberton and Lillooet remains closed due to a recent mudslide.

Source: Global News

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