QUESNEL, B.C. – Updates on roadwork due to slides or washouts is now just a click away.
B.C. has unveiled the Cariboo Road Recovery Projects website which provides transportation impact information about 10 major locations, including Soda Creek-Macalister Road, Quesnel Hydraulic Road and Kersley-Dale Landing Road.
“The Cariboo has been hit hard by changing weather patterns, which have caused unprecedented slides and road washouts,” said Rob Fleming, minister of transportation and infrastructure. “People are understandably concerned about damage to roads they rely on every day. We are working hard to find solutions at each project site, and this new website will give people up-to-date, detailed information about what’s happening with the sites that affect them.”
The website includes info about road projects, including location, current conditions and status. Over the coming months, ministry project teams will be engaging with communities, local governments, Indigenous communities and stakeholders to discuss potential transportation solutions at each site. The website is available here.
According to the province, recent years have seen more rainfall than average during spring months. These conditions, when combined with the snow melt and the impacts of wildfires on slope stability, have caused unprecedented slides and road washouts in 2020 and 2021.
This past spring, a district operations centre was established in Williams Lake to support the emergency crews and facilitate a co-ordinated response. Local crews and subject-matter experts worked to fix damaged roadways and consider how future damage might be prevented. During this time, approximately 200 people from the ministry and its contractors worked on the spring freshet response.