Highway 99 between Pemberton and Lillooet now open
Highway 99 between Pemberton and Lillooet is now open to essential travel after an overnight closure due to weather and saturated ground conditions.
Essential purposes for travel are defined in the travel restrictions order through the Emergency Program Act. Checkpoints will be in place and travel restrictions will be enforced.
Weight restrictions are in place on this route from just north of Pemberton to Lillooet. This route is a steep, mountainous road with narrow sections and sharp curves. High volumes of commercial vehicles cannot be safely accommodated. Regular passenger vehicles, such as cars, SUVs, vans and trucks under a gross vehicle weight of 14,500 kilograms are able to travel on this corridor.
The highway infrastructure is vulnerable following recent storm events. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is monitoring the weather and the performance of the highway. People should be aware that Highway 99 and others could be closed at any time should conditions change.
Drivers are reminded that B.C.’s winter tires regulations are in effect. Drivers are urged to use extreme caution, obey signs, speed limits and the direction of any traffic-control personnel. Other safety tips for winter driving apply, including travelling with a full tank of gas, food and water, and warm clothes.
For updates, check www.DriveBC.ca
Highway 17 and River Road interchange opens to traffic
Improved safety, reliability and efficiency are just a few of the benefits drivers can expect when the new Highway 17 and River Road interchange opens to traffic on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021.
The interchange improves the connection between Highway 91 connector, Highway 17 and River Road, and eliminates the need for a rail crossing to access Highway 17. This marks a major milestone for the Highway 91/17 and Deltaport Way upgrade project with the first of four interchanges complete.
Key project benefits include:
- improved travel time and reliability through Delta, reducing congestion;
- enhanced traffic safety for goods movers and the traveling public, decreasing collision risk;
- increased access between South Delta and North Delta/Surrey employment areas and better cycling connections, supporting community development; and
- improved permitting and inspection service for commercial vehicle operators and better operating hours at the Nordel commercial vehicle inspection facility, boosting economic development.
This is a $260-million upgrade project.
Funding partners include the Government of Canada through the National Infrastructure component of the New Building Canada Fund, the Province of British Columbia, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and Tsawwassen First Nation.
Highway 91/17 Deltaport Way Project: http://www.gov.bc.ca/highway91-17-deltaport
For more information on federal infrastructure funding, visit: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca
For a blog on ground improvements for this project, visit: https://www.tranbc.ca/2021/01/29/steps-to-a-strong-foundation-for-the-highway-91-17-project/
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