One of the challenges of living in the Interior of BC is that the routes between communities are through mountain passes and in bottom of narrow winding river valleys. The effort to keep these routes open year round is Herculean, with rock scaling and ditching in the Spring, paving in the summer, and snow removal and avalanche control in the winter.

When things go wrong, the impacts can domino across the region. This small crossing of a stream on the Trans Canada Highway was overwhelmed when a mudslide caused the opening under the bridge to be blocked. Detours were at least 5 hours longer than if this bridge was open, and traffic on the detour route was constrained by two ferry crossings that had, at times, up to 4 sailing waits. I imagine there were a lot of people really upset about this, and this speaks to how much we’ve come to rely on fast, efficient, working transportation routes. Personally, I feel that the speed that this has been dealt with is really impressive. It is unfortunate that the alternate routes are so far out of the way, but that’s a reality of having to cross mountain ranges and skirt around lakes in the interior.

Featured image from BC Ministry of Transportation’s Twitter account. 

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Published by Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada.