Peace Region Flooding Progress Report
Travel Advisories and Detour Information
Updated: July 16, 2011 – 12:00 NOON PDT
A full status list of ongoing closures for this area is available.
No guarantees are made as to how complete or current this list is.
The most significant roads closed by flooding or washout are:
Tumbler Ridge area:
- Highway 52 26km south of Arras
CLOSED to all traffic at this site. Heavy rains have washout out a 15m section of highway. Crews are on site and responding to this incident. Detour route is available via Highway 29 from Tumbler Ridge to Chetwynd. Due to further heavy rains in past 24 hours there is now no estimated time of opening. (Noon, July 16).
Chetwynd and area:
- 97 West of Chetwynd
Highway 97 OPEN — EXPECT MAJOR DELAYS
Hwy 97 between Mackenzie Junction and Chetwynd is open to all vehicles to a maximum width of 3.8m and 100% legal axel weight except chip trucks. Traffic will be piloted through work zones in both directions, and single lane lane traffic control will be encountered at several sites, expect major delays. Alternate Route to Peace area is available on Hwy 16 from Prince George to Hinton, Alberta, North on Hwy 40 to Grande Prairie, North on Hwy 43 & Hwy 2 to Dawson Creek, Hwy 97 to Fort St. John.
See map below and Alternate Routes.
- Highway 29 Both Directions
REOPENED – Two lane traffic
The road is open to two lane traffic. Please obey any traffic control personnel and signage. Watch for workcrews and equipment at multiple locations.
Dawson Creek area:
- Dangerous Goods Route (94 Rd) near 208 Rd
REOPENED to TWO LANE TRAFFIC for all vehicles. Commercial vehicle weight restrictions in effect over bridges.
- Highway 16 – Prince George to McBride
REOPENED Wash Out 77 km east of Prince George. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic
In addition many secondary roads have been damaged throughout the Peace Area. The situation is improving, but please take caution as you travel the Peace area road system.
Crews working to restore access in Peace region
Crews are continuing to work to restore access on Highway 97 between Chetwynd and Mackenzie Junction, Highway 52 between Dawson Creek and Tumbler Ridge and other priority routes throughout the Peace Region, following major floods and washouts caused by a one in 100-year rainfall event. Ministry engineers have completed initial assessments of the major sites. Crews and heavy equipment have been mobilized with priority on reconnecting severed routes while Maintenance Contractor crews and equipment are at work responding to erosion, flooding and washouts throughout the Peace Region. As we work through the initial response to restore access, our engineers are already working on detailed recovery plans for the complete restoration of the highway. Crews are already making great progress with over 75 pieces of heavy equipment deployed.
Up to 150mm of rainfall over the weekend of June 23-25, and an additional 80mm the weekend of July 8-10, resulting in damage at over 200 sites on approximately 150 roads throughout the Peace Region, including the Dawson Creek Dangerous Goods Route, Highway 29, Highway 52 and Highway 97. Of the 200 sites, crews have been able to almost fully open, open to single lane alternating traffic or provide alternate access on these roads. On Highway 97, crews have identified approximately 15 sites with major damage and numerous other small sites along the corridor.
Drive Carefully. For up to date information please check Drive BC at www.drivebc.ca or call 1-800-550-4997