Highway to remain partially closed all week as rockslide investigation continues
By Adam Proskiw
With the Summerland rockslide cleanup ongoing, the Ministry of Transportation says one southbound lane will remain closed until next week.
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July 09, 2014 - 10:35 AM
SUMMERLAND – With the Summerland rockslide cleanup ongoing, the Ministry of Transportation says one southbound lane will remain closed until at least next week.
MOT spokesperson Robert Adam says rock fall cleanup concluded last night and three of four lanes are now open. A single southbound lane will remain closed through the weekend as crews make final repairs to the rock mesh system.
All four lanes are expected to be open sometime next week.
“This revised repair schedule will allow us to complete the work and restore the full function of the highway as quickly and safely as possible,” Adam says in an email. “Travel through the site remains safe for all traffic while this work is underway and we appreciate the understanding of all travellers through the area as these important repairs are carried out.”
The rockslide that sent two people to hospital when their car was struck happened Sunday on a stretch of Highway 97 between Peachland and Summerland.
Earlier this week MOT employee Murray Tekano said they are still investigating the cause of the bank failure and will release their findings later this week.
“It will take a little while to come to a conclusion about (that) but in the meantime the highway is safe for passage.”
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