How did the Rockslide affect YOU?2 History
By Caroline Smalley on Aug 01 2008, last modified on Dec 20 2008.
The Highway is now open. Leaving this uView up for a while - food for thought. What are the best alternatives for reaching Whistler?
The highway doesn't have to be closed to want to think about taking another route!
Check out this link:
How did the slide affect YOU?
Post your thoughts n stories below!
1- 877- 4 SAFE 99 official up-to-date information about the highway from the Ministry of Transportation.
www.DriveBC.ca The Ministry of Transportation website contains the official up-to-date information about the highway.
Mountain FM the primary source of information for the general public via radio
On July 29 at approximately 11:30 p.m., a rockslide closed the Sea to between Porteau Cove and the Furry Creek Bridge. The slide debris covered both lanes of the highway and damaged the CN rail tracks beside the highway.
The slide was outside of any current highway construction areas.
The highway will be closed until further notice. B.C. Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon stated (mid afternoon July 30) that it could take up to five days. Recent reports suggest that the highway be opened as early as Sunday, August 3. Confirmation of the timing of the highway opening will be announced by the Ministry of Transportation.
Geotechnical engineers from the Ministry of Transportation have assessed the site and initiated stabilization of the slope above the slide and that clean-up of the site. Due to the size of the boulders, the clean-up will involve blasting. Workers will do everything they can to reopen the highway as soon as possible.
Note: Up-to-date information about the details of the slide and time that the area will re-open should be obtained from the Ministry of Transportation or the RCMP as this information is changing regularly.
To think - The number of times I have spoken to tourists in the past - enthusistically telling them on the Duffey Lake Road... the stunning beauty of Joffre Lakes... all just up the highway - and it was the first they'd ever heard of it!
Looks like no-one got hurt in this incredible rockslide - and in the longterm, so many benefits to be gained. People are discovering a VERY beautiful part of BC - just up from Whistler... a place that still casts a spell on me whenever I venture up. Awareness and ideas of how we can better alternative ways to get to our little paradise will also deliver so much as we look towards all that can be done as we move into the future.
Live life to the full and enjoy - get up here!!