June 9, 2014 12:03 pm
Updated: June 9, 2014 2:08 pm

UPDATE: one lane of traffic now open on Hwy 16 near Tete Jaune Cache

The first mudslide that occurred on Highway 16

B.C. Ministry of Transportation

VANCOUVER – Part of Highway 16 just west of the Alberta-B.C. border is open again.

A single lane of alternating traffic is flowing  about 1 km east of the Highway 5 junction in Tete Jaune Cache. The highway had been completely closed due to a mudslide.

A smaller mudslide first closed the road in this area on Saturday, but after clean-up the highway was re-opened to single lane alternating traffic.

However, at about 11:45 p.m. on Saturday, a second bigger slide occurred, with more mud, trees and debris flowing on to the highway. This mudslide is about 20 to 30 metres in size, with water flowing over the highway.

Lisanne Bowness from the Ministry of Transportation says this is due to a creek that has diverted from its normal channel.

Fortunately no vehicles were caught in the slide but the highway had to completely close again due to safety reasons. One lane was re-opened around 11 a.m. PDT Monday.

Ministry operations and geotechnical staff are on site, along with equipment and are working to stabilize the area.

A  detour is also available via Hwy 1 or the Pine Pass.

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