Travel Alerts – Reminder…Harrop ferry will be out of service

Harrop ferry will be out of service on Sunday, February 18th from 12:05 am to 05:00 am 

Nelson fire rescue would like to stress the importance of respecting the snowfall warning for Nelson and area.  Best to avoid non-essential travel. Plan your route in town to avoid steeper streets. City crews are working hard to keep up. 

Updated Environment Canada snowfall warning states that up to 30 centimeters of snow forecasted for Highway 3 Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass beginning Saturday morning and continuing into Sunday. Drivers are reminded to prepare for changing road conditions and to watch for maintenance crews and vehicles and give them space. Expect Kootenay Pass to be closed for Avalanche control.

Avalanche Control Kootenay Pass

Avalanche Control Highway 3 Both directions – Closed in both directions from, 30 km West of Creston (Kootenay Pass) for 27 km due to avalanche deposit removal. Estimated time of opening is 12:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. PST on Sunday Feb 18th. Alternate Route available from Nelson to Creston; Hwy 3A, Kootenay Lake Ferry, Estimated travel time 2.5 hours. Next update at 12:00 a.m. PST. Updated on Sat Feb 17 at 9:13 pm PST.  FOR UPDATES PLEASE GO TO DRIVEBC.CA

Harrop Ferry Both directions

The Harrop ferry is operating at reduced speed due to mechanical
issues. Updated on Fri Feb 16 at 9:48 pm PST. (ID# 274760)

Ferry Out of Service Sunday Feb 18

Harrop Ferry Both directions – The Harrop ferry will be out of service on Sunday, February 18th from 12:05 am to 05:00 am for mechanical repairs. Updated on Fri Feb 16 at 7:52 pm PST.  FOR UPDATES PLEASE GO TO DRIVEBC.CA

Brace for heavy snow over the weekend in southeast BC – SNOWFALL WARNING IN EFFECT

New weather system coming this weekend

(Mainroad Contracting Release) – A new system is expected to hit the East Kootenay district area wide on Saturday with accumulations of 15cm or more in some areas, particularly in the Elk Valley Crowsnest area. Temperatures are forecasted to drop as the system comes in and will be in the -15C or colder range by Sunday evening when the system is expected to pass with a period of cold, clear weather to follow.

As always, motorists are reminded to leave extra time and expect winter driving conditions.  In particular, expect blowing snow and limited visibility as gusty winds will accompany the snow.  As the Alberta Family Day weekend brings travelers to local ski hills and other area attractions, motorists are also reminded to expect increased traffic in the East Kootenay region.

Mainroad crews are seeing wildlife activity near main routes so be alert for this throughout the region.  During winter operations, Mainroad is running full 24 hour shifts through the winter season – this means our fleet and crews are fully engaged and working around the clock.  As always, priority will be given to numbered highways followed by school bus/commercial routes and then residential side roads. Please give our crews plenty of room to work and be patient – we can’t be everywhere at once.

A couple of other Mainroad Operations points to note

  • Mainroad often utilizes a private sector trucking company to move sand from our stock piles to replenish stock at our yard locations.  This enables Mainroad’s trucks to concentrate on continuing delivery of highway maintenance services.  The East Kootenay community can be assured that Mainroad has sufficient winter materials stockpiled for the winter season;
  • Some people are expressing concern that they are not seeing sparks coming off the plows and questioning whether Mainroad operators are dropping the blade on the road.  At the start of the new highway maintenance contract, Mainroad invested in the purchase of new and modern snow removal equipment with an increase in material delivery capacity over the previous contract.  Mainroad’s new plow blades are made of tungsten carbide which lasts longer, performs better, and doesn’t create sparks when plowed against the pavement.

Thanks for sharing feedback with us – we appreciate when people take the time to call Mainroad’s 24 hour hotline to report their concerns.  All feedback and observations are logged and passed onto Mainroad Operations.

This forecast is still firming up so please check www.DriveBC.a for the latest updates before heading out, take your time, and be ready for anything this weekend.

Mainroad East Kootenay Contracting