The Malahat has been closed down in both directions on Friday afternoon as construction crews conduct a geotechnical assessment.
The assessment is occurring in the area between Finlayson Arm Rd and West Shore Parkway.
The geotechnical assessment is being conducted because of falling rocks that landed on the highway, according to Emcon Services.
**UPDATE** #BCHwy1 is closed in both directions @ Finlayson Arm Rd while geotechnical assessment is in progress. Crew and equipment is staged and ready for clean up. @DriveBC_VI #yyjtraffic #Malahat #Langford https://t.co/tWK3ZC6RQR
— Emcon Services Inc., South Island Division (@EmconSouthVI) March 5, 2021
An alert was posted on Twitter at approximately 2:00 p.m. PST on Friday that said crews and equipment were staged and ready for clean up.
DriveBC cameras along the Malahat show traffic already backed up past Okotoks Drive.
The rockfall happened after crews conducted planned “rock scaling” work earlier this morning, which also caused the highway to close.
Lengthy delays in both directions are expected.
Final cleanup after this morning's rock scaling work on the #Malahat.
Traffic is moving again on #BCHwy1. Thanks everyone for your patience!#yyjtraffic pic.twitter.com/8L0irbxYgZ
— BC Transportation (@TranBC) March 5, 2021