Progress Being Made on Repairs to Peace Region Roads Damaged by June Rains
Prince George, B.C.- Progress is being made on repairs to roads damaged by severe flooding in the Peace region last month.
(at right, one stretch of highway that was washed out during the June downpours – image courtesy Ministry of Transportation)
On June 15th and 16th, heavy rains caused flooding and washouts throughout the South Peace Region. In all, there were 286 sites needing repair.
The Ministry of Transportation says there are about 200 pieces of equipment being used to restore the roads.
Highway 97 through the Pine Pass is open to single lane alternating traffic at Commotion Creek and Tippy Corner.
On Highway 29 South, crews continue to work and monitor one major site at Zonnebeke Creek. The road is reduced to a single lane at this location.
Snake Pit Road in Dawson Creek is expected to reopen by mid-August, but in the meantime, drivers have to use the detour which is highway 49 that will take them directly into Dawson Creek. Detours for trucks carrying extraordinary loads
can take Highway 2 from the Alberta-B.C. border to Dawson Creek, then onto the Dangerous Goods Route and then take either Highway 97S or Highway 97N to Fort St. John and points north.
Of the 40 side roads that were fully closed, 29 have now been opened to a minimum of single-lane alternating traffic. The remaining roads with full closures all have alternate routes available. The total number of repair sites is 286, all primarily in the South Peace area. Motorists are expected to drive with caution and obey all advisory signage.