Coquihalla – Beginning Tuesday, May 23, motorists traveling the Coquihalla Highway over the summer are advised to expect delays, due to two major road and bridge construction projects between Hope and Merritt.
South of Merritt, crews will be resurfacing four lanes of the Dry Gulch Bridge, while 30 kilometres north of Hope, the work to build the Box Canyon chain-up area continues. Both projects are expected to be completed in the fall.
Both projects will intermittently reduce traffic down to one lane in each direction.
Motorists should consider an alternative route or travel outside peak travel times and over long weekends. In addition, overhead message signs and variable speed signs throughout the corridor will inform drivers to be aware of congestion ahead so they can adjust to a lower speed.
Although there will not be active construction during the Victoria Day long weekend, motorists may expect some minor travel delays due to the higher volumes of traffic that traditionally occur on this holiday weekend.
Drivers are reminded to slow down and move over when approaching roadside workers and vehicles with flashing red or blue lights stopped on B.C. roads.