Traffic is now moving west of Revelstoke BC after being closed for approximately 44 hours.
Shortly after 11:00 PM on Thursday June 8, 2017, the Camp Creek Bridge, located 25 km West of Revelstoke, BC on the Trans-Canada Highway was overpowered by the creek causing a build-up of debris to gather and spill-over and damage the Trans-Canada Highway.
The cause of the wash-out was an intense rain storm that hit the area Thursday after Environment Canada issued storm watches and warnings for southeast BC.
Work crews started almost immediately and worked around the clock to open the highway.
The shut down caused major problems for commuters and heavy truck traffic which uses Highway 1 for inter-provincial transport of goods. Alternate route was via Highway 23 and Highway 6, through Shelter Bay, Galena Bay, Needles and Faurquier which became over-whelmed by the heavy traffic and delays were as long as 8+ hours at the Shelter Bay Ferry.
The only alternate route at the time was Highway 23 Shelter Bay to Galena Bay via the Upper and Lower Arrow Lakes Ferry system. At one point,
Highway 3 through southern BC became the major traffic route after truckers learned to avoid the Trans-Canada – Photo DriveBC of Highway 3 Kootenay Pass between Creston and Salmo Saturday.
There will be single lane alternating traffic at times until repairs are completed and construction speed zone is in effect. Expect delays during the continued repairs.
Flood watch and High streamflow advisories still in effect
A flood watch and High streamflow advisories are still in effect for southeast BC. Drivers should be cautious on roads and near all creeks and rivers at this time during spring snow melt. Watch for storms that could bring intense rain causing roads and highways to flood or wash out. It has been a very busy spring for road repairs around the province because of flooding and wash outs.
OTHER TRAVEL ALERTS FROM SOUTHEAST BC
Ferry Service Interruption Glade Ferry Both directions – Possible ferry service interruptions at the Glade Ferry due to heavy debris in river. Possible 30 minute delays. Next update: Monday, June 12th, 9:00 am. Updated on Fri Jun 9 at 9:49 am PDT. UPDATED INFO FROM DRIVEBC
Highway 3 Westbound – Wash Out 2 km east of Paulson Bridge. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic with up to 20 minutes delay. Updated on Sat Jun 10 at 2:13 pm PDT.
— TMTV (@TMTVBCTV) June 11, 2017