Update: 9 am
Crews have been working diligently at the site of a washout along the Trans Canada Highway, 25 km west of Revelstoke, where the road has been closed since Thursday night.
The latest update from the Ministry of Transportation says the estimated time of re-opening is between 5pm and 8 pm Saturday, June 10.
Debris clean up and road repairs are ongoing, and alternate routes along Highways 23 and 6 remain available to motorists.
Update: 6 am
The latest word from the Ministry of Transportation indicates Highway 1, 25 km west of Revelstoke will reopen on sometime on Sunday. Geotec and structural engineers continue their assessment of the area today.
Motorists are encouraged to use Highway 3 and 5 for inter-provincial travel. The detour along Highways 23 and 6 remains open, though there are delays at Upper and Lower Arrow Lake Ferries.
Update: 3 pm
The Transportation Ministry is not estimating when the Trans Canada Highway could reopen — only that it will be “later this weekend.”
The number one route has been closed since Thursday night 25 km west of Revelstoke due to a wash out.
An assessment of the site continues.
Motorists can use a long detour using Highways 23 and 6, which eventually comes out in Vernon, or use Highway 3 and 5 for inter-provincial travel.
A bridge washout has forced the closure of the Trans-Canada Highway west of Revelstoke.
Debris blocked a channel on Camp Creek, sending water and other material flowing over the highway.
It`s expected the highway will be closed at least until Saturday.
It may be closed through the weekend, depending on whether the bridge has been damaged.
Crews will check it out once the debris and water have been cleared.
Heavy machinery has been brought in to assist with the cleanup.
Motorists traveling either east or west are advised to plan an alternate route.
Alternate routes are via Highway 23 and Highway 6, through Shelter Bay, Galena Bay, Needles, and Fauquier.
The Transportation ministry will be running the Galena Bay to Shelter Bay ferry on Highway 23 for 24 hours a day until Highway 1 reopens.
Motorists should plan for long delays at the ferry crossings.
For anyone making plans to travel through B.C., to or from Alberta, consider taking Highway 3 or Highway 5.
The area received approximately 40 millimetres of rain over a short time period.
This weather system has now passed and flows are expected to decrease quickly.
Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure