Trans-Canada closed west of Revelstoke Tuesday

The Trans-Canada Highway will be closed west of Revelstoke on Tuesday, Sept. 20, to install new avalanche control technology.

  • Sep. 18, 2016 6:00 a.m.

The BC Ministry of Transportation is installing new avalanche control technology at Three Valley Gap.

By the Ministry of Transportation

Drivers are advised that Highway 1 near Three Valley Gap, 19 kilometres west of Revelstoke, will be closed in both directions on Tuesday, Sept. 20, to facilitate the safe installation of the first four Remote Avalanche Control systems.

“It is important we get this technology installed before the winter season,” said Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone. “These new systems will allow operators to fire charges remotely so that avalanche control can be completed at any time, under any weather condition. This will greatly reduce the duration of closures on this stretch of highway.”

The new Remote Avalanche Control Systems (RACS) will allow for avalanche control on a 24-hour basis throughout the winter. Eight separate RACS will be installed at key locations along the south side of Three Valley Lake. Crews expect to install four systems this fall, with the remainder to be installed next year.

Extended closures will take effect on Sept. 20, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Travellers are advised to plan their trip well in advance and allow extra time. Motorists are asked to drive with caution, follow all signs and watch for traffic control personnel. Further closures are expected, but will be less than 30 minutes, and will take place during daylight hours, Monday to Friday.

This schedule may change due to weather and other conditions. For up-to-date traffic advisories, please check: http://www.drivebc.ca/

 

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