CHETWYND, B.C. – Highway 97 between Chetwynd and the Mackenzie Junction has been officially reopened to single-lane alternating traffic, one week after floodwaters washed away several parts of the highway.
Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone made the announcement of the highway’s reopening just before 8:00 this morning. The highway was reopened shortly after 12:00 PM, and though there was a line-up of vehicles visible on the BC Highway webcam at the Highway 39 junction south of Mackenzie, those lines seem to have decreased as of 1:00 PM.
Those using the highway should anticipate numerous delays and allow for extra travel time due to single-lane alternating, and pilot car directed traffic at several sites along the Pine Pass corridor. Overweight and over-dimensional loads are not permitted on the road at this time.
Stone says that crews will continue to work round the clock to fully reopen the road. Nearly 200 pieces of equipment have been working continuously to safely reopen numbered highways and side roads washed out by the flooding.