Highway 1 reopens after massive rockslide near Field, BC

halpumpicon1-4Highway 1 Both directions – The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic with long delays due to heavy congestion 16 km west of Field because of Rock Debris on Road. Updated on Thu Oct 27 at 7:15 pm PDT.  Updated info: DriveBC

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One lane of the Trans-Canada highway was reopened Thursday night, two days after a rockslide buried the roadway with about 10,000 cubic metres of fallen debris.

“Work to stabilize the rock face continues with ongoing geotechnical assessments to ensure the safety of personnel as they work to clear and re-open the highway,” Parks Canada said in a news release.

Photos: BC Parks
Photos: BC Parks

On Tuesday, two excavator operators working near Field, B.C. were rushed to hospital after being caught up in the slide. The pair was reportedly working while holes were being drilled to place explosives at a rock-scaling site.

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“Early indications from geotechnical assessments indicate that the slope failed below the drilling and blasting elevation along natural seams in the shale bedrock,” Parks Canada said.

The two operators were treated in hospital for minor injuries and later released.

The highway reopened to a single lane of  alternating traffic at 8 p.m. MDT Thursday.

“Motorists should expect heavy traffic congestion, a reduced speed zone of 30 km/h and travel on a 200-metre stretch of gravel surface through the rock slide site.”

Additional closures are expected for Friday and on an ongoing basis to allow crews to further clear debris and stabilize the slope.

Parks Canada said two-way traffic flow is expected to reopen “in the coming days.”

Parks Canada continued to recommend an alternate route via Hwy 95 between Golden and Radium Hot Springs and Highway 93S through Kootenay National Park for travellers looking to avoid congestion.

UPDATED: Highway 1 16 km west of Field BC – Single lane, long delays, heavy traffic

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