Hwy 5 (Coquihalla) will open to essential traffic no later than the end of Monday, Dec. 20 (Exact time to be determined).
About 24 hrs after Hwy 5 re-opens:
- Hwy 99 (Pemberton to Lillooet) will re-open to general traffic but nothing larger than a cube van.
- Hwy 3 (Hope to Princeton) will re-open to general traffic. NOTE: This route is not recommended for motorists who are unaccustomed to winter driving in mountainous areas.
Changes from the usual Coquihalla travel experience:
- Some sections of the route will be one lane in each direction
- Power still hasn’t been restored
- Snow sheds and brake check lighting is with generators,
- Reduced cellphone coverage
- E-vehicle charging stations not functional
- Commercial drivers can expect reduced speed limits (100km h)
- Trip will take 45 minutes longer than usual
See the usual Coquihalla #5 Hope to Kamloops Route Segment overview