Expect more Coquihalla Highway delays than usual this Canada Day long weekend

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Canada's birthday weekend is just around the corner, and the already busy travel weekend could get a little more hectic thanks to construction on the main route between the Interior and the Lower Mainland.

The provincial government is reminding drivers to expect delays on the Coquihalla between Hope and Merritt due to two major road and bridge construction projects.

Work on the Box Canyon chain-up area is continuing 40 kilometres north of Hope, and further north crews are resurfacing four lanes of the Dry Gulch Bridge, according to a B.C. Government media release. Three lanes will be open to traffic at all times at the Dry Gulch Bridge. 

The province says during the Canada Day long weekend, traffic volumes usually peak at more than 2,000 vehicles per hour on the Coq.

Drivers are being asked to plan ahead and check live traffic conditions at the Drive B.C. website. You should also consider avoiding travel during peak periods.

Remember to watch for and follow posted construction signs and traffic personnel and slow down accordingly, the province says.


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