Highway 99 has been closed due to major flooding and mud landslides
VICTORIA – Highway 99 between Pemberton and Lillooet reopened to essential travel on Saturday, Dec. 4 following cleanup of a substantial slide across the highway near Duffy Lake.
This section of Highway 99 had been closed since the evening of Dec. 1.
Weight restrictions are in place on this route from just north of Pemberton through to the community of Lillooet. Regular passenger vehicles such as cars, SUVs, vans and trucks under a gross vehicle weight of 14,500 kilograms are able to travel on this corridor, but commercial vehicles cannot be safely accommodated.
This route continues to be restricted to essential travel only. Essential purposes for travel are defined in the travel restrictions order through the Emergency Program Act. Checkpoints will be in place and travel restrictions will be enforced.
The highway infrastructure is vulnerable following recent storms. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is monitoring the weather and the performance of the highway. People should be aware that Highway 99 and others could be closed at any time if conditions change.
Highway 99 between Pemberton and Lillooet is a steep mountainous road with narrow sections and sharp curves. Drivers are reminded that B.C.’s winter tires regulations are in effect. Drivers are urged to use extreme caution, obey signs, speed limits and the direction of any traffic-control personnel. Other safety tips for winter driving apply, including travelling with a full tank of gas, food and water, and warm clothes.
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