WATCH: An employee from sland Irrigation Landscaping and Hydroseeding cuts through a tree that fell across the Malahat highway near Finlayson Arm Road on Sept. 13. Credit: Vic Gervais.
A fallen tree that was blocking southbound lanes on the Malahat highway near Finlayson Arm Road has been cleared off the road.
The tree fell across the highway in front of an empty dump truck around 2 p.m. Drivers going south were stopped and backed up to the Goldstream Boathouse Marina on the Trans-Canada Highway while two employees from Island Irrigation Landscaping and Hydroseeding, Gord Gammie and Darin Graham, who had been in the area worked to saw through the tree and move the pieces off the road. Gammie and Graham, known as the “A Team” had their tools with them.
Northbound traffic was getting through but was also delayed. CoCo Bezjack was going north through the area and said it was about a five-minute wait to get past the tree.
Within fifteen minutes, the tree was off the road and traffic was moving in both directions. There are no reports of any injuries.
The brief delay comes three days off drivers were stuck on the Malahat for several hours after a boulder hurled about 60 meters down a steep hill and hit a moving vehicle. There were also traffic delays on Tuesday and Wednesday morning. On Tuesday, a driver lost control and went off the highway in the Goldstream Park area. On Wednesday, there was a rollover crash near south Shawnigan Lake Road.