UPDATE: One lane of traffic now open on Hwy 16 near Tete Jaune Cache
EDMONTON – Part of Highway 16 just west of the Alberta-B.C. border is open again.
A single lane of alternating traffic is flowing about one kilometre 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 a 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 onto the highway. This mudslide was about 20 to 30 metres in size, with water flowing over the highway.
Lisanne Bowness from the B.C. Ministry of Transportation said it was caused by a creek that diverted from its normal channel.
No vehicles were caught in the slide, but the highway had to completely close again for safety reasons. One lane was re-opened around 11 a.m. PDT Monday.
Ministry operations and geotechnical staff are on site with equipment , working to stabilize the area.
A detour is also available via Hwy 1 or the Pine Pass.
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