Major highway closures planned in B.C. this weekend

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure says it is “proactively” closing Freeway 3 between Hope and Princeton on Saturday (November 26) afternoon.

Freeway 99 will also be closed at that time amongst Pemberton and Lillooet, as will Highway 1 in the Fraser Canyon.

“The specific time and period of closures will depend on the weather,” the ministry reported in a news release.

The closures coincide with the second of a few atmospheric rivers hitting the B.C. West Coastline right up until Tuesday (December 1).

In addition, Highway 1 concerning Popkum and Hope will also be shut due to reservoir releases by B.C. Hydro.

According to the ministry, these releases are “very important to protect the Jones Lake Reservoir, which is also currently being influenced by the heavy rains”.  

Highway 7 amongst Mission and Hope will remain open up with some journey restrictions.

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