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UPDATE: Coquihalla Highway southbound between Merritt and Hope reopens with single lane

An overturned transport truck, pictured in this photo tweeted by Sophia Henrikson, has closed the southbound lanes of the Coquihalla Highway between Merritt and Hope, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020.
Image Credit: Sophia Henrikson @SophiaHenrikson
February 14, 2020 - 1:51 PM

If your plans today include a road trip to the Lower Mainland, it's going to take a lot longer than usual.

DriveBC says the southbound lanes on the Coquihalla between Hope and Merritt were closed for several hours earlier today, Feb. 14, but a single lane is now open.

An overturned transport truck between Portia and Box Canyon is to blame for the traffic chaos in the southbound lanes for approximately 106 kilometres from one km sound of Merritt to two km north of Hope.

You can also expect heavy congestion and delays in the area of the crash and DriveBC asks drivers to watch for workers and obey traffic control personnel.

Detours are available via Highway 8 to Highway 1 from Merritt, and Highway 5A to Highway 3 from Merritt.

For the latest on the closure and road conditions throughout the province go to the DriveBC website here.

Image Credit: DriveBC

— This story was updated at 12:01 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, to say an overturned semi was the reason for the highway closure.

— This story was updated at 1:49 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, to say one lane southbound had reopened.

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