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Coalmont Road reopened near Princeton, B.C., after rock slide

A rockslide prompted a lengthy closure of Coalmont Rd. near Princeton on Monday.
A rockslide prompted a lengthy closure of Coalmont Rd. near Princeton on Monday. Lisa Michelle\Submitted

A rockslide prompted the closure of Coalmont Rd., north of Princeton, B.C., Monday morning, causing commuter headache for those living in the small Similkameen communities of Coalmont and Tulameen.

The road was closed from approximately 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., according to Ministry of Transportation. It has since reopened to traffic.

Coalmont Rd. is the main corridor for residents travelling to and from the larger town of Princeton.

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According to DriveBC, the road was closed between Parish Ave. and Charles Rd. for 10.8 kilometres.

A detour was not available.

Some drivers said on social media they managed to get past the slide site, but a geotechnical engineer was on scene assessing the stability of the slope.

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In an email to Global News, the Ministry of Transport said there were no injuries or vehicles damaged as a result of the slide.

It added that approximately 80 cubic metres fell on the road, and that a geotechnical assessment determined that there was no risk of further rock fall, allowing the maintenance contractor to clear the road.

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