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Highway 97 in B.C. opens after rockslide

DCN-JOC News Services
Highway 97 in B.C. opens after rockslide

SUMMERLAND, B.C. — Highway 97 north of Summerland in British Columbia opened for two lanes of traffic, one in each direction, on Sept. 22, after repairs and mitigation following a rockslide on Aug. 28.

Since Sept. 11, the highway has been operating with single-lane-alternating traffic as crews worked to stabilize the hillside.

B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure contractors built a lock-block wall to protect the highway from falling rock and a 150-metre berm between the lock-block wall and the bottom of the slope was constructed to temporarily address slope movement. 

Construction of permanent stabilization measures will continue and geotechnical engineers continue to monitor the slide site for changes in ground conditions.   

Information about the rockslide is available here.

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