Crews working at clearing debris that covered Highway 3A at Yellow Lake late last week shutting the road down for several days. Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure

Update: Road repair needed for Highway 3A slide area

Work is still underway to clear a slide that occurred near Yellow Lake

Clean up from the debris that slid onto Highway 3A and shut it down for four days was completed on Tuesday.

According to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, geotechnical engineers have reassessed the site and have determined it is safe to re-open the highway to traffic.

The road re-opened to single lane, alternating traffic at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, however, the ministry stated their is still work required to repair the damage to the highway prior to it being open to two lanes of traffic.

The slid happened around 6 a.m. on April 13 about 18.5 kilometres east of Keremeos at Yellow Lake. A large amount of mud slide down from above, across the highway and into the popular fishing lake.

Flaggers are encouraging commuters to avoid Green Mountain Road due to its condition and rushing water in ditches close to the highway along with water spilling onto the road in some points.

The official detour for those trying to get to Penticton from Keremeos is to take Highway 3 to Osoyoos and then get on Highway 97 to the Kaleden junction. From Penticton to Keremeos take Highway 97 to Osoyoos and get on Highway 3.

The ministry advises motorists to check DriveBC as one hour closures may be required while work to repair the highway is underway.

 

Submitted photo A truck comes to a stop at the site of a mudslide on Highway 3A.

Just Posted

Cutest pet contest winner: Abi

Cutest pet in the South Okanagan-Similkameen winner for July 13

Contest: Send us your cute pet photos

Email us photos of your pets in the South Okanagan-Similkameen

Keremeos RCMP crackdown on impaired drivers

RCMP charged another impaired driver earlier this week

Cyclist attempts to break Pan-America world record

German cyclist Jonas Deichmann is travelling through B.C. to Alaska. He plans to begin his attempt on Aug. 18.

Interior Health against needle buyback programs

IH issues formal release stating buyback programs are not feasible

France doubles up Croatia 4-2 to win World Cup

Played in Moscow Russia, latest Fifa World Cup marks the highest scoring final since 1966

Your reviews: John Fogerty rocks the South Okanagan

Photos and reviews from fans in Penticton at John Fogerty’s concert in the SOEC

B.C. VIEWS: Making private health care illegal again

Adrian Dix battles to maintain Cuba-style medical monopoly

Almost every part of Canada’s largest national park deteriorating: federal study

Drawing on decades of research — the report lists 50 pages of citations

Activists protest outside Kinder Morgan terminal in kayaks, canoes

Tsleil-Waututh elder Ta’ah Amy George led the water ceremony from a traditional Coast Salish canoe

Canadian soccer fans brace for World Cup final between France, Croatia

First ever final for the Croatians, while it’s France’s third, going into match as betting favourite

B.C. Lions claw their way back to score 20-17 victory over Winnipeg Blue Bombers

The Bombers, who beat the Lions 41-19 last week in Edmonton, fell to 2-3 with the loss

High winds, lack of rain suggest no breaks in sight for B.C. wildfire season

There were 11 new wildfires across the province over 24 hours, BC Wildfire Service officials say

CJ’s Nightclub may be reopening in August under new ownership

Facebook posts suggest the longtime night club is set to reopen in August, also hiring staff

Most Read