February 15, 2014 2:15 pm

Coquihalla Highway re-opens between Hope and Merritt after avalanche control

The Coquihalla Highway is closed between Hope and Merritt. Hwy 5 at Larson HIll, 36 km south of Merritt, looking north.

Drive BC/Global News files

The Coquihalla Highway was closed this morning between Hope and Merritt for avalanche control.

It was expected to stay closed until 11 a.m., but has now re-opened.

Snow had been building above the highway, creating a potential hazard so helicopters were used to reduce the risk, by triggering controlled snowslides.

In the meantime, drivers were being told to re-route around the area.

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