(Photo by B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)

Two full-day closures are coming down the line for the section of Highway 4 which was impacted by the Cameron Bluffs wildfire.

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure say there are around a dozen boulders that are roughly the size of refrigerators that need to be removed from the steep slope which borders the highway.

This rock-scaling will be taking place at Angel Rock which has proved to be the most challenging part of the corridor to tackle for crews. 

This work is complex, dangerous and labour-intensive, meaning it can only be carried out during favourable weather conditions and daylight hours. 

So far, crews working on the Cameron Bluffs slope have removed around 200 dangerous trees and 600 tonnes of rock-scaling debris. In addition to this, they are installing 1.2 kilometres of barrier and rock fencing along that stretch of roadway.

Weather permitting, the closures will take place over the next two Thursdays beginning this week — August 17th and August 24th from 8:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. on both occasions. 

Aside from those two Thursdays, the highway should remain open to single-lane intermittent traffic except when it periodically closes every day from 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., and from 1:30 p.m. until 5 p.m., until the work is completed.

The province is hopeful that the corridor will be able to fully reopen to two-way traffic by the end of August, provided conditions allow for work such as this rock-scaling can be done in a timely and efficient manner. 

To see real-time information about road conditions check DriveBC’s website

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