Extended Trans-Canada Highway closures on September 20 to test new avalanche equipment

The B.C. Ministry of Transportation is closing the Trans-Canada Highway near Three Valley Gap for four hours on Tuesday, Sept. 20 to test new avalanche control equipment that is being installed there.

The treacherous conditions near 3 Valley Gap during the winter. Photo: Revelstoke Mountaineer File photo

The B.C. Ministry of Transportation is closing the Trans-Canada Highway near Three Valley Gap for four hours on Tuesday, Sept. 20 to test new avalanche control equipment that is being installed there.

The closures will run from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The new Remote Avalanche Control Systems (RACS) will allow for avalanche
control on a 24-hour basis throughout the winter. Eight separate RACS will
be installed at key locations along the south side of Three Valley Lake.
Crews expect to install four systems this fall, with the remainder to be
installed next year.

“It is important we get this technology installed before the winter season,”
said Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone. “These new
systems will allow operators to fire charges remotely so that avalanche
control can be completed at any time, under any weather condition. This will
greatly reduce the duration of closures on this stretch of highway.”

Travellers are advised to plan their trip well in advance and allow extra
time. Motorists are asked to drive with caution, follow all signs and watch
for traffic control personnel. Further closures are expected, but will be
less than 30 minutes, and will take place during daylight hours, Monday to
Friday.

This schedule may change due to weather and other conditions. For up-to-date
traffic advisories, please check: http://www.drivebc.ca/

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