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2016 __ MOT hoping for Highway 97 to be open next week…

Fisher Creek Hwy 97

PRINCE GEORGE, BC: The BC Ministry of Transportation (MOT) is hoping to have Highway 97 North open to single lane alternating traffic by the end of next week…

Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone states the government is working around the clock to support local authorities and First Nations by organizing the necessary resources to respond to the flooding emergency in the South Peace and Pine Pass areas.

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Highway 29 south of Chetwynd. BC TRANS PHOTO

“The damage caused by this severe and unprecedented rainfall is extensive”, stated Stone. “I would like to thank all ministry staff and maintenance contractor personnel and volunteers who have been working all day and night to ensure the safety of the public in the area. I would also like to thank the public for their patience during this state of emergency as we further assess the situation and perform repairs. 

We’ve mobilized ministry engineers, construction experts and over 100 pieces of equipment from throughout the province, and we’ll begin to rebuild these roads as quickly as possible.”

According to the Ministry, there are 100 known sites along provincial roads and highways impacting travel, mostly in the South Peace region. There are five significant sites on Highway 97 west of Chetwynd that are washed out or partially damaged by debris flows. Construction crews are currently working on the north and south sides of the highway and hope to have Highway 97 open to single lane alternating traffic by the end of next week.

“Our government’s priority is the health and safety of all British Columbians and that is why we will do everything possible as we perform repairs as soon as possible”, stated Stone. 

Right now for those wanting to head to the Peace Region motorists must take a route detouring through Alberta. Motorists will be turned around at the Highway 97 Junction with Highway 39 to Mackenzie.

Our next update on this situation will be on Monday afternoon as there will be no significant changes between now and Monday.

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