UPDATE: The highway has been cleared and reopened.

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A rockslide has closed a section of the Trans Canada Highway in both directions Friday afternoon.

According to Drive BC, the Malahat is closed between West Shore Parkway and Finlayson Arm Road for 2.9 kilometers (Goldstream Park to Langford).

No detours are available at this time.

A geotechnical assessment is in progress and crews are on scene to clear the highway.

The Malahat was closed earlier today for about 20 minutes as a pre-planned closure to safely accommodate rock scaling crews’ access to a cliff adjacent to the highway.

It’s unclear if this slide is related to the work being conducted earlier in the day.

An estimated time of reopening has not been provided yet.

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