B.C. warns of overnight traffic delays on Malahat highway

B.C. warns of overnight traffic delays on Malahat highway

The B.C. Ministry of Transportation is warning drivers of delays on the Malahat highway due to overnight construction.

Starting Monday, Sept. 11, traffic along the Malahat will be down to single-lane-alternating traffic in the Tunnel Hill area between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. during week nights.

The province says the lane closures are expected “four to five nights each week,” and that overnight closures may also take place on Sunday nights, depending on the weather.

Drivers can expect delays of up to 20 minutes during the overnight construction, the province says.

Meanwhile, there may be daytime stoppages along the highway to allow crews to safely move equipment.

“These briefer stoppages will only occur outside of peak travel times,” said the Ministry of Transportation in a release Friday.

No firm end date has been set for the overnight lane closures, but the province says the delays will continue until the Malahat-Tunnel Hill construction project wraps up in the fall.

The overnight construction work is intended to allow crews to finish final grading, paving, and work on drainage, according to the province.

“This work marks the final phase of repairs at the Tunnel Hill site, which was washed out during the atmospheric river flood in November 2021,” said the province.

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