The Ministry of Transportation is reminding travelers that Highway 4 between Tofino and Port Alberni will be closed near Kennedy Hill for a 24-hour period this weekend.
The closure will begin at 11 a.m on Saturday and remain closed until 11 a.m on Sunday as construction crews will be conducting slope repair procedures in order to install permanent changes to the road, according to the Ministry.
Crews will be replacing the temporary, single-lane bridge that was installed earlier this month after a blasting mishap caused a large volume of rock to damage the road. The BC Ministry of Transportation said in a press release that the closure was necessary in order to keep the Kennedy Hill Safety Improvement Project on schedule to be finished by the end of this summer.
REMINDER: #BCHwy4 will be closed from 11 am on Saturday, Feb. 22, to 11 am on Sunday, Feb. 23, at Kennedy Hill, to allow for permanent slope repair at the recently deployed temporary bridge site: https://t.co/iKOlWyfByI #Tofino #Ucluelet #PortAlberni #VanIsle
— Drive BC (@DriveBC) February 20, 2020
“The closure is planned for the weekend to avoid affecting weekday commuters and commercial goods deliveries,” said the Ministry in the release.
Following the closure on Sunday, the corridor will reopen to single-lane alternating traffic.
For the Kennedy Hill project closure schedule, along with the most up-to-date information on road conditions, drivers are encouraged to check: www.drivebc.ca
According to the BC Ministry of Transportation, all of these efforts are with the mindset that the Highway 4-Kennedy Hill Safety Improvement Project will create a safer and more reliable connection between Port Alberni and the communities of Tofino and Ucluelet.