UPDATE: Highway 97 in Lake Country re-opens completely

The section of unstable rock face that threatens the southbound lanes of Highway 97 through Lake Country.
Image Credit: Global Okanagan

LAKE COUNTRY – Traffic is flowing unimpeded on Highway 97 through Lake Country following the threat of a landslide on the new strech of roadway.

The RCMP closed the highway and the Pelmewash Parkway, the old section of Highway 97, around 1:30 p.m. Friday so the stability of the rock face could be assessed.

By 2 p.m., the Pelmewash Parkway was re-opened and about 45 minutes later traffic was flowing on the northbound lanes.

The instability is on a portion of the hillside blasted during construction of the four lane section of highway.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Adam Proskiw at aproskiw@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-0428. To contact the editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

- The story was updated at 3:04 p.m. to include the complete re-opening of Highway 97.

- This story was updated at 2:52 p.m. to include the re-opening of the northbound lanes of Highway 97.

- This story was updated at 2:02 p.m. to include the re-opening of the Pelmewash Parkway.

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