April 17, 2018 12:52 pm
Updated: April 17, 2018 6:48 pm

Highway 3A partially reopens after mudslide

A landslide Friday morning has closed Highway 3A between Keremeos and Kaleden.

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For the first time since a mudslide closed the highway to traffic on Friday, drivers were be able to get through on Highway 3A between Keremeos and Kaleden on Tuesday afternoon.

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Starting at 2:00 p.m. the highway was open to single lane alternating traffic.

Motorists can also get around the slide area by using Highway 97 and Highway 3.

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The slide came down near Yellow Lake. One witness described seeing rocks the size of dump trucks tumble down the mountain.

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The risk of another landslide has delayed work on the highway. Crews working on the site had to shut down on Monday afternoon because of the risk.

However, work has since resumed and engineers determined it was safe for the highway to reopen to traffic.

Crews have been able to clear all the debris from the roadway but are still working on repairs.

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure doesn’t know yet how long it will take to complete repairs and fully reopen the highway.


– with files from Jules Knox and Blaine Gaffney

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