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Icy conditions force closure of major Canadian highway

Vancouver News
10 Jan 2018, 05:49 GMT+10

GOLDEN, British Columbia, Canada - Highway 1 between Revelstoke and Golden was closed in both directions for several hours on Tuesday due to Avalanche Control.

Traffic was disrupted on the Trans Canada Highway from 7:00am until just after 2:00pm Revelstoke time, and 8:00am to just after 3:00pm Golden time, on Tuesday. The particular 10 kilometre section of the highway susceptible to avalanche was 44 kilometers east of Revelstoke, to fifty four kilometres east of Revelstocke. A traffic incident 12.5 kilometres west of Revelstroke added to concerns of traffic controllers.

Holidaymakers transiting from Vancouver to Calgary and Edmonton, as well as those heading to popular skiing destinations at Revelstoke, and Golden's Kicking Horse Mountain Resort had their travel plans thrown into disarray. Motorists were stranded in coffee shops and parked by the road near to the highway awaiting it's re-opening. Huge lines of semi-trailer trucks waiting for the closure to end were seen banked up in Golden and Revelstoke. Traffic officers said cars would be allowed on to the highway before trucks, to assist the traffic flow. It was 8 minutes after the highway re-opened in Golden that semi-trailers there were allowed access. The extensive seven hour delay would have severely disrupted the already-tight timetables of most drivers.

Conditions on the 147.8 kilometre strip between Revelstoke and Golden were already hazardous, the addition of a potential avalanche being the 'icing' on the cake.



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