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West Fraser Road reopens after 2018 washout

DCN-JOC News Services
West Fraser Road reopens after 2018 washout

QUESNEL, B.C. – A new section of the West Fraser Road in the Quesnel area is now open after the old road was washed out in 2018.

Along with a new two-lane bridge over Narcosli Creek, the newly opened 5.6-kilometre section bypasses the active slide areas along the old section of West Fraser Road that washed out in 2018. The new section is a two-lane paved road on the east side of Narcosli Creek which eliminates the 17-kilometre detour route that had been in place since the washout. 

“The work done to move West Fraser Road restores direct access to Quesnel and provides a reliable route for people who live and work in the area. Thank you to the workers who completed this project in a technically challenging area. Their hard work supports safe transportation for residents now that the route is much less likely to flood or be washed out,” B.C. Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Rob Fleming said in a statement.

“It has been five years since the West Fraser Road washed out. We are grateful that the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure recognized the significance of this road to the Esdilagh First Nation and the local residents and had devoted extensive work to restore the road. For the safety of our people, we are happy to have the road reopened. This has been such an important project that we are proud to have been a part of. We are planning for a traditional ceremony once all the final work is completed,” Esdilagh First Nation Chief Troy Baptiste added.

High water from the spring freshet in April 2018 caused Narcosli Creek to erode five sections of West Fraser Road on the west side of the Fraser River, approximately 17 kilometres south of Quesnel. The resulting severe damage spread over three kilometres and led to closure of the road.

Final work will continue during the fall and winter alongside the road and will include hydroseeding, planting, fencing, removal of the damaged bridge on the old alignment and decommissioning part of the old road. 

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