(BC Transportation)

Great news!

As of Friday evening, the Malahat has reopened to two-way traffic several days ahead of schedule.

Drivers should be prepared for construction conditions, including no median barrier, narrow lanes, limited shoulder widths and reduced speed zones.

Additional repairs to fully restore the site will continue for the coming months.

Drivers can expect active construction equipment with some single-lane alternating traffic and intermittent closures as construction warrants.

Overnight closures of the Malahat were expected to be take place all week until November 22nd, however, crews made significant progress ahead of schedule in repairing the stretch of highway damaged caused from heavy rain and flooding.

The roadway operated as single-lane alternating traffic at 30 minute intervals with overnight closures on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

Travel remains limited to essential trips only, according to Drive BC and major delays and congestion will still be expected.

Earlier today, Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth announced that the province will be limiting gas purchases in the province in an effort to prioritize its use for essential vehicles, while also keeping it available to all British Columbians.

This limit is put in place under the powers of the Emergency Program Act and is a temporary order to ensure fuel remains available for essential vehicles in affected areas of the province.

The order, which is effective immediately until December 1st, applies to all fuel suppliers in the Lower Mainland-to-Hope region, the Sea-to-Sky region, Sunshine Coast, the Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island.

Residents in these regions will be limited to 30L per visit.

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