Pine Pass to Reopen Today
Prince George, B.C. – One week after flood waters caused untold damage to communities in the Peace, some good news to report.
Highway 97 south from Mackenzie Junction to Chetwynd, known to northerners as the Pine Pass, will be open to single-lane alternating traffic.
According to the provincial government the route will include “intermittent delays at a number of sites,” some of it piloted.
Motorists are asked to allow extra time for their trip while overweight and over-dimensional loads are not permitted at this time.
Nearing 200 pieces of equipment have been working around the clock to reopen northern highways after last week’s unprecedented rainstorm which severely damaged highways, washed away a number of side roads and cut off local residents from their communities.
Highway 29 south opened Saturday night to single-lane alternating traffic and Highway 2 in Dawson Creek is currently open to two lanes with crews aiming to have it back to four lanes by next week.
The government plans to work continuously to open the route to full traffic.