New Trans-Canada Highway avalanche control technology being installed at Three Valley Gap

Remote Avalanche Control System will shorten length of avalanche control closures on Trans-Canada Highway west of Revelstoke.

A controlled avalanche hits the highway at Three Valley Gap in January 2011. A new avalanche control system is being installed that the BC Ministry of Transportation says will shorten closures due to avalanche control.

New avalanche control technology is being installed above Three Valley Gap in a move that officials say will shorten avalanche closures on the Trans-Canada Highway west of Revelstoke.

Three separate Remote Avalanche Control Systems (RACS) will be installed on the avalanche paths above the highway this fall, and will be in operation this winter, the B.C. Ministry of Transportation announced Monday morning.

Five more RACS will be installed in the future.

The new system will allow avalanche technicians to trigger slides remotely instead of dropping bombs from a helicopter. This will enable them to perform avalanche control at all hours of the day and in all sorts of weather, instead of having to wait for favourable daylight weather in order to fly.

The $2.1 million contract to install the equipment was awarded to Wyssen Avalanche Control, which is based in Switzerland.

Transportation Minister Todd Stone first announced the new avalanche control system in Revelstoke in June 2016.

“The first of these new avalanche mitigation systems will be in operation this winter and will lessen the duration of highway closures due to avalanches,” he said in a news release.

 

Just Posted

McGarva, Grizzlies top Storm 3-0

Revelstoke remains unbeaten at home

UPDATE: Trans-Canada Highway is partially open east of Revelstoke

Road is open with single lane alternating traffic

Update: Police expand search in North Okanagan-Shuswap

Examination continues in Silver Creek, while another search happens between Salmon Arm and Enderby

Who is Curtis Sagmoen?

The Observer reveals what we know about the man attached to the Silver Creek property where human remains were found

Human remains found at Silver Creek property

RCMP have been searching the property in the 2200 block of Salmon River Road for the past three days

VIDEO: Sears liquidation sales continue across B.C.

Sales are expected to continue into the New Year

WATCH: 10,000 signatures gained to stop ‘no pets’ rental policy

Pets OK BC said about 1,700 animals were surrendered to the BC SPCA last year due to housing issues

A golden opportunity

Orthodontist offers sweet deal for the pocketbook

VIDEO: Oprah Winfrey and a celebrities attend ‘B.C. Miracle Concert’

Fundraiser featured Foster, Steven Tyler, The Tenors, Matteo Bocelli, Laura Bretan, Carly Rae Jepsen

New B.C. acute care centre opens for young patients, expectant mothers

Facility aims to make B.C. Children’s Hospital visits more comfortable

Search ramps up for B.C. woman after dog, car found near Ashcroft

Jenny Lynn Larocque’s vehicle and dog were found in Venables Valley, but there is no sign of her

Police officer hit by car, stabbed in Edmonton attack back on job

Const. Mike Chernyk, 48, returned to work Thursday

UBC medical students learn to care for Indigenous people

Students in health-related studies to take course, workshop to help better serve Aboriginal people

Dorsett has 2 goals, assist in Canucks’ 4-2 win over Sabres

‘It was a real good hockey game by our group,’ Canucks coach Travis Green said.

Most Read