Details from the BC Government Release Below:
Beginning Monday, July 17, 2023, crews will undertake essential rock scaling on the hillside affected by wildfire along Highway 4 on Vancouver Island.
This work is critical in ensuring the long-term safety of the corridor.
A geotechnical assessment of the bluff has determined rock scaling is required before the highway can be safely reopened to two-way traffic at Cameron Lake Bluffs. This work will involve removing loose rocks above the highway. While this work is underway, the highway must be closed to keep crews and travellers safe from rockfall hazards.
Closures will be in place from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday to Friday until mid August, with a two-hour opening to flush traffic daily between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. There will be no closures on weekends, including on the B.C. Day long weekend. Given the nature of this work, rock scaling must be completed during good weather and daylight hours.
Outside of the closure periods for rock scaling, Highway 4 will continue to operate with single-lane-alternating traffic, and will remain available for residents, travellers and commercial traffic. The ministry urges all drivers to use patience and plan trips accordingly as traffic queues are expected to be lengthy.
The detour route will remain open for public use. Oversized loads requiring permits are required to take the detour.
The highway was closed on June 6, 2023, as crews fought the Cameron Lake Bluffs wildfire and performed recovery operations. A detour was established between Port Alberni and Lake Cowichan using forest-service and privately owned industrial roads. Single-lane-alternating traffic has been in place along Highway 4 since June 23.
Drivers are reminded to respect the direction of traffic-control personnel in the area.
What travellers can expect:
Read the full BC Gov news release, here: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2023MOTI0102-001125
Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
For up-to-date information about road conditions, visit: http://www.drivebc.ca/
For information about BC Parks closures along this route, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2023ENV0037-000995 or http://www.drivebc.ca/
Images from Highway 4 and the detour route can be found at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/tranbc/albums/72177720308899528/with/52962540906/
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