Highway 3 slide update

Monitoring has been ongoing at site of slide on Highway 3 west of Keremeos since initial event took place in late January

The site of a rockfall that took place on Highway 3 in late January has seen a minimal amount of activity as highways officials continue to monitor the site.

An earthen berm constructed in one of the highway’s westbound lanes and a reduced speed zone through the affected area has been in place since a number of rocks, some as big as a pickup truck, tumbled onto the roadbed around noon on January 27.

A recent inquiry to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure regarding efforts to stabilize the site and reopen all four lanes of the highway  was made by the Review after an incident during a heavy rain on May4 resulted in more debris coming down on the highway. A tractor trailer unit was badly damaged when it struck a rock in the slide area, and the highway was closed for several hours while the ministry re-assessed the situation.

The ministry described their present position with respect o the rock slide as follows:

“The ministry assessed the site during the original rock fall in January, resulting in construction of a berm on the highway and implementing structured monitoring to reduce the risk of further rock falls affecting the highway and the safety of travellers.

“The temporary berm has been successful at reducing rock fall on the road. The ministry’s geotechnical engineers are reviewing whether or not further modifications at this site are required while observing the site through the spring thaw.

“Until that assessment is completed, we will leave the temporary berm in place and continue our monitoring process.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just Posted

Reel Reviews: Atypical college life

We say, “Life of the Party is pleasant and harmless.”

Fun and games, medieval style

more fun than watching the royal wedding

Families honoured by Penticton Speedway Memorial race

Young Guns Memorial Weekend is held at the Penticton Speedway this weekend

Canadian Forces coming to help Twin Lakes

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen said 44 Canadian Forces deployed

VIDEO: After the floods, comes the cleanup as Grand Forks rebuilds

Business owners in downtown wonder how long it will take for things to go back to normal

Rachel Notley to skip premiers conference to focus on pipeline deal

Kinder Morgan has ceased all non-essential spending on the Trans Mountain pipeline project until it receives assurances

B.C. tech company will power Uber Elevate

Moli and Uber announce research and development partnership.

Talking music at Penticton’s Dream Café

Listen Up! to Holger Petersen

UPDATE: Woman dies in ocean accident near Tofino hours before daughter’s wedding

“We are so thankful to everyone who helped our mom.”

Olympian sues USA Swimming, saying it failed to protect her

Ariana Kukors Smith alleges her former coach Sean Hutchison began grooming her for sexual abuse at the age of 13

Defence minister thanks troops for B.C. flood relief work

Harjit Sajjan says not only was military response quick, support from locals has been ‘tremendous’

Couple survives being buried in mudslide on B.C. highway

The couple, from Saskatchewan, were en route to Nelson when a tree fell in their path

‘So grateful:’ Injured Bronco hockey player glad he’s alive, works on recovery

Ryan Straschnitzki was badly hurt in the accident: a spinal injury, broken ribs, a broken collar bone, and punctured lung

Most Read