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Coquihalla Highway, B.C., reopened to non essential travel

The Coquihalla Highway (Highway 5) is now open to regular vehicle traffic between Hope and Merritt, but with less lanes and lower speed limits than usual in some areas.

Transportation Minister Rob Fleming announced the reopening Tuesday morning, calling it another “significant milestone” in B.C.’s recovery from November’s destructive storms.

Temporary repairs implemented on Highway 5 have functioned well over the last few weeks, Fleming said, even through some tough winter weather.

“We are now in a position to safely open the Coquihalla to regular vehicle traffic, and that will happen beginning tomorrow,” the minister said. “This will be a much more convenient route for people going to and from the Lower Mainland.”

B.C.’s province-wide state of emergency, which was declared after the storms has been lifted.

but Fleming cautioned it’s still “not the Coquihalla as we know it.”

With many repairs still taking place you will be expected to be prepare for changes in traffic patterns while more construction is taking place.

For more HWY reopens and closures check the Government of B.C. release here

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