Highway 16 is reduced to single-lane alternating traffic due to a major landslide between Cluculz Lake and Bednesti, east of Vanderhoof in northern B.C.
Drive BC is reporting that the landslide occurred between East Bay Road and Lloyd Drive on Highway 16 West for 2.8 km. Geotechnical investigation is underway.
In an April 23 update, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure said the slide occured due to water flowing from the adjacent bank and pooling under the road.
The water has been redirected and repair work is currently underway. Traffic is being shifted in order to safely access the undercut location, stated the April 23 news release.
There is no information available around when the road may resume normal two-vehicle traffic. Ministry geotechinical engineers, operation staff and maintenance crews are stabilizing and repairing the site.
Vanderhoof Coun. Ken Young made a post on social media about the landslide April 21. “Major issue on the hill just west of Bednesti. Called this in as the highway has been compromised significantly. Be careful in that area. We left when RCMP and others arrived on-scene.”
For current road conditions, visit drivebc.ca
Editor – Vanderhoof Omineca Express, Caledonia Courier
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