Snake Pit Road reopens east of Dawson Creek

Photo by B.C. Ministry of Transportation/Flickr

DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone announced today that the section of Rolla Road, known locally as the Snake Pit Road has now re-opened with the completion of a temporary bridge replacement.

Portions of the Snake Pit Road including two culverts were washed out during flooding in the Peace back in June. The temporary bridge structure is one-lane and designed to accommodate commercial traffic carrying extraordinary loads up to 85 tonnes between Highways 2 and 49 east of Dawson Creek.

“Snake Pit Road is an important route in Dawson Creek, not only for residents but especially for commercial trucks carrying heavy and over-height loads through the region,” said Stone. “The road was heavily damaged during this summer’s flooding, and the ministry and contractors have been working extremely hard to get traffic up and running again.”

Planning is underway for a permanent two-lane structure downstream of the temporary bridge.

“I’ve seen first-hand the amount of work that has gone into repairing the damaged roads to ensure that they’re safe for travel,” said MLA for Peace River South Mike Bernier. “They’ve made tremendous progress and the re-opening of Snake Pit Road this week is great news.”

Ministry crews and contractors have been working since the flood took place to repair roads and open up highways in the area. All roads in the area are open to traffic, with permanent repairs to several sites ongoing. In total, the Province already has invested $15 million for repairs.

Highway 97 between the Mackenzie Junction and Chetwynd, along with Highway 29 between Chetwynd and Tumbler Ridge were both closed because of washouts and flooding caused by heavy rainfall on June 15 and 16th.