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Detour planned around Highway 97 slide area could take 4-5 days

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure hopes to open a detour on Callan Road, below the Highway 97 slide area, in the next four or five days. There is no estimate as to when the highway itself will reopen.
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February 07, 2019 - 12:12 PM

PENTICTON - With no timeline for reopening of Highway 97 north of Summerland, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure hopes to have a detour open around the slide in the next four to five days.

Work has begun on a detour using Callan Road, which runs parallel to and just east of the highway. Significant fill is needed to connect the road to the existing highway, which will be built to handle commercial traffic, Ministry of Transportation Deputy Director of the Interior Region, Paula Cousins said today, Feb. 7.

Cousins said a considerable amount of work remains to clean up the slide area. Crews are working two,10-hour shifts to establish the detour on Callan Road.

Once constructed, the detour is intended to handle one lane of traffic in either direction.

According to a transportation ministry official, significant slope movement, in the order of 6 to 11 mm has been detected since sensors were installed at the slide area yesterday.

Some drilling has resumed and rock scaling took place today.

Alternate routes remain in place. Cousins said other alternate but unmaintained roads are being discouraged for safety reasons.

Argo Road Maintenance is maintaining the 201 forest service road and is preparing for possible snow on the road in the next few days.

The ministry continues work to define the extent of the latest rock failure. Monitoring hubs were only placed yesterday, so data on the slide’s size has only just begun to be collected.


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