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First phase of new avalanche control system installed near Revelstoke

November 09, 2016 - 8:00 PM

KAMLOOPS - Safety improvements to the B.C. highway system announced over the last couple years have been installed or partially installed in advance of this year’s winter driving.

The first pieces of the new avalanche control system to be installed at Three Valley Gap near Revelstoke are being tested. Four systems have been installed with more to come next year according to a press release from the B.C. government.

The systems, called Remote Avalanche Control Systems, allow crews to remotely trigger avalanches during any time or weather to help clear dangerous spots. Currently the province relies on helicopters dropping explosives to a problem zone to control avalanches, which is dependent on weather.

Additionally the release reminds drivers that variable speed signs are in operation between Revelstoke and Perry River. Currently 18 signs have been installed there, while another 13 signs are on the Coquihalla. They were activated this summer.

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