Highway 4 closed all day to remove ‘refrigerator-sized boulders’

Highway 4 closed all day to remove 'refrigerator-sized boulders'

Highway 4 is having its first of two full-day closures in order to remove hazardous “refrigerator-sized boulders.”

Highway 4 will be fully closed until 9 p.m. to allow crews to remove the boulders then will reopen for its usual single-lane alternating traffic with closures from 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., and from 1:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. during the week. The next full-day closure will be Thursday, Aug. 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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The B.C. government says there are about one dozen of the boulders that need to be removed from the Angel Rock area, which has been the most challenging area of the bluff to work on.

Work is expected to be complete by the end of August, and the highway is expected to fully reopen at that time.

The work is to repair damage done by the Cameron Bluffs wildfire.

The highway was originally expected to fully reopen by mid-July, but when restoration work began, crews found the situation required more work than expected to ensure the long-term safety of the road.

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So far, approximately  200 dangerous trees and 600 tonnes of rock-scaling debris have been removed from the area. Crews still have to install 1.2 kilometres of barrier and rock fencing along the highway.

-With files from CHEK’s Dean Stoltz, Cole Sorenson, Ethan Morneau

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