Long road ahead for B.C. as repairs to Coquihalla Highway, main route between Vancouver and Kamloops, get under way
British Columbians got a sobering assessment Thursday of the immensity of the repairs needed to the Coquihalla Highway as the province’s Transportation Minister explained it will be two months before the crucially important artery allows a slow stream of trucks to return.
Transportation Minister Rob Fleming told reporters at a flood briefing that the Coquihalla, a popular shortcut connecting Vancouver with Kamloops that was built for a billion dollars in the 1980s, suffered heavy damage when last week’s atmospheric river delivered a month’s worth of rain onto Southern B.C. within two days.
Roughly 20 sites along 130 kilometres of the highway were damaged or washed away, including five bridges where spans completely collapsed or were almost demolished, he said.
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