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Highway 4 at Kennedy Hill, the only route in and out of Tofino and Ucluelet, will be closed for 24 hours this weekend.

In a statement on Thursday morning, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure stated that the highway will be closed from 11 a.m. Saturday, February 22nd, to 11 a.m. Sunday, February 23rd.

The closure is necessary in order to allow for a permanent slope repair at the site of a temporary bridge that was erected last month when the highway was blocked by a rockslide during blasting.

The communities of Tofino and Ucluelet were cut off from the rest of the island for several days.

This weekend, crews will remove the temporary bridge and repair the slope that was damaged last month.

The road will reopen at 11 a.m. on Sunday to allow commercial vehicles, RVs and other larger vehicles to move through the passage in a single-lane alternating traffic format.

Regular evening closures on the 1.5 km stretch of highway will resume on Sunday evening as crews work to make it safer for commuters travelling to and from western Vancouver Island.

The $38.1 million safety improvement project is expected to be completed in summer 2020.