UPDATE: The highway has been cleared and reopened.
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).
Via @DriveBC – #Malahat CLOSED due to rock fall.
Closure between Finlayson Arm Road and West Shore Parkway for 2.9 km.
Geotechnical investigation needed.
Event details: https://t.co/xR0g9C5cUf#yyjtraffic #yyj #langford pic.twitter.com/TFocAU4zib
— BC Transportation (@TranBC) March 5, 2021
No detours are available at this time.
A geotechnical assessment is in progress and crews are on scene to clear the highway.
**UPDATE** #BCHwy1 is closed in both directions @ Finlayson Arm Rd while geotechnical assessment is in progress. Crew and equipment is staged and ready for clean up. @DriveBC_VI #yyjtraffic #Malahat #Langford https://t.co/tWK3ZC6RQR
— Emcon Services Inc., South Island Division (@EmconSouthVI) March 5, 2021
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.