At noon, work will begin on placing a prefabricated 20-metre single lane bridge at the site. With Highway 4 closed by rock slide, Tofino family gets creative to make flight. A sinkhole on Highway 4 has blocked traffic for more than 24 hours. We ask you to keep your comments relevant and respectful. Osborne said if medical emergencies arise during the closure, there is a helipad at Tofino General Hospital. The goal is to have Highway 4 reopened to single-lane alternating traffic to regular and commercial vehicles on Sunday afternoon. Sutton Pass Summit does see a significant amount of snow through out the winter months how ever snow plows are generally on top of this part of the highway. We on the west coast have gotten used to traffic stoppages for road improvements and 2019 is no exception. If you don't see it please check your junk folder. On Friday morning, the Blake family from Tofino needed to get to Nanaimo to make an airline connection for a trip to Hawaii, but Highway 4 was closed. #Tofino #Ucluelet #PortAlberni pic.twitter.com/fSt0HFwbUh. Hwy 4 closed both directions 5km east of #Ucluelet junction due to this washout. Drone footage of vehicles travelling through the damaged site at Kennedy Hill #BCHwy4. We have enabled email notifications—you will now receive an email if you receive a reply to your comment, there is an update to a comment thread you follow or if a user you follow comments. I’m confident that we’re safe.”. (Alberni Weather/Twitter) A major washout is cutting off access to the west coast of Vancouver Island. What’s happening with travel and quarantine? Blasting for the highway project led to two briefer closures in July. While the section of highway remains closed, “essential traffic” was allowed through on Friday from noon to 8 p.m. on a single-lane-alternating basis. District seeks grant to ease flooding problem. The Blakes boated across to the east side of the lake Friday morning and were met by Alberni Island Shuttle, which took them to the Nanaimo Airport for their 1:30 p.m. flight. A major washout has closed a highway section linking Tofino and Ucluelet with the rest of Vancouver Island. An unexpectedly large volume of rock from the blasting fell on rain-saturated ground, causing a portion of the shoulder and travelling surface to slough away, the Transportation Ministry said. Read more about cookies here. Reflecting on the meaning of Remembrance Day, Burns Lake, Granisle, the RDBN among the many receiving the grant, The change among several new updates from Coastal Gas Link. We'll provide more info about upcoming closure window soon. tap here to see other videos from our team. 365 Bloor Street East, Toronto, Ontario, M4W 3L4. Heavy loads, commerical trucks and vehicles with campers or towing trailers will not be allowed through. (DRIVEBC PHOTO), Oceanside RCMP closed the highway for several hours on Saturday, Oct. 10, A portion of Highway 19 near the Alberni Highway interchange has reopened. It is a priority for CBC to create a website that is accessible to all Canadians including people with visual, hearing, motor and cognitive challenges. When the bridge is in place, the highway will be reopened to single-lane alternating traffic, allowing commercial vehicles, RVs and other large vehicles to move through the corridor. Combers Beach parking lot is available for semi-trailer trucks and Green Point Campground overflow is available for RVs and campers. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. Two emergency support hubs are available in Pacific Rim National Park for people affected by the closure. Box 500 Station A Toronto, ON Canada, M5W 1E6. Plan Your Route. This website uses cookies to personalize your content (including ads), and allows us to analyze our traffic. “It’s an important reminder of why being prepared is a good idea,” she said. Visit our Community Guidelines for more information and details on how to adjust your email settings. Gas is also a concern, said Tomilin, who suggested motorists’ best option is a “mid-grade” fuel — a combination of premium and regular. The damage from a rockslide on Highway 4 between Port Alberni and Tofino and Ucluelet is seen on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. Please try again. “Our regular’s getting low but we still have a fair amount of premium gas left,” he said. The highway was closed between Corcan Road and Parksville Exit for several hours as Oceanside RCMP dealt with a “police incident.”. Sign up to receive daily headline news from the Vancouver Sun, a division of Postmedia Network Inc. Next update from @DriveBC_VI Sat morning Photo: Ryan Barker pic.twitter.com/4JizIUZEIE, Audience Relations, CBC P.O. Updates on the estimated closure will continue to be posted to DriveBC. At that point, if the road remains closed, he will have to stop sales to keep some gas for Tofino’s emergency needs, he said. Road conditions can be monitored at drivebc.ca. Traffic had been diverted Memorial Avenue to Highway 19A, and through Coombs. Closed Captioning and Described Video is available for many CBC shows offered on CBC Gem. Subscribe. A portion of Highway 19 near the Alberni Highway interchange has reopened. Road Closure in effect 11:00 am to 4:00 pm West Georgia … Unauthorized distribution, transmission or republication strictly prohibited. Sutton Pass - Hwy 4 at Sutton Pass, between Ucluelet and Port Alberni, looking southwest. Comments may take up to an hour for moderation before appearing on the site. Once complete, the Highway 4 Kennedy Hill Safety Improvement Project will create a safer and more reliable connection between Port Alberni and the west coast of Vancouver Island. “Work will be challenging as the bridge is being placed in a narrow space between the rock bluff and Kennedy Lake,” said the update. She says having one main access road to the rest of the island has always posed a challenge and the community's emergency planning accounts for that. The highway is being widened to accommodate two full lanes and paved shoulders, including roadside barrier on the lake side of the highway. © 2020 Vancouver Sun, a division of Postmedia Network Inc. All rights reserved. Oceanside RCMP closed the highway for several hours on Saturday, Oct. 10 albernivalleynews.com The highway at Kennedy Hill closed at 8 p.m. Friday for overnight foundation work to prepare for a weekend bridge installation. The washout has closed off traffic in both directions about five kilometres from the Ucluelet Junction since Friday afternoon. Tofino Co-op general manager Mike Tomilin said his store, the main grocery outlet in town, is already out of dairy products and produce. Ambulance Service and B.C. The launch is just west of the construction zone where rockfall from blasting overnight Wednesday significantly damaged the roadway and closed the highway, which links Tofino and Ucluelet to the rest of the Island. Highway 19 is reopen at the Alberni Highway following several hours’ closure due to a police incident on Saturday. CV Height Clearance Tool. “They’re monitoring the weather and looking at all of that. Postmedia is committed to maintaining a lively but civil forum for discussion and encourage all readers to share their views on our articles. A major washout is cutting off access to the west coast of Vancouver Island. A welcome email is on its way. BC HighwayCam - Highway 4 NEW! It reopened at 3 p.m. We will update this story when we know more. A specialized bridge crew will be working day and night to complete the installation, said an update by the ministry. Wednesday night’s blast was part of the $38.1-million Kennedy Hill Safety Improvement Project, which will make a 1.5-kilometre section of road on the hill wider and straighter. “They were quite panicked because they stood to lose quite a bit of money if they weren’t able to make their flight,” said Tofino Mayor Jodie Osborne. Emergency Health Services,” she said. During Saturday’s opening, vehicles will be screened at the Tofino/Ucluelet junction and at Sproat Lake. The highway is the main access road connecting Tofino and Ucluelet with the rest of the island, and no detour route has yet been made available. We apologize, but this video has failed to load. Reminder: road is open to passenger vehicles/light pickups until 8pm. By continuing to use our site, you agree to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Tomilin said he expected the mid-grade would be sold until Saturday night. The opening was intended for those with important appointments or vacationers trying to get to and from the Tofino/Ucluelet area, the ministry said. Larger vehicles will be turned around. A washout has closed part of Highway 4 on Vancouver Island on Dec. 2, 2016. We will again expect delays getting to our west coast paradise. There was an error, please provide a valid email address. There will be a limited opening of the highway on Saturday between 8 a.m. and noon for passenger vehicles and light pickups only before the bridge is installed. Please heed traffic control. Parade Route: (See below) Parking restrictions in effect 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. The next issue of Vancouver Sun Headline News will soon be in your inbox. The damage from a rockslide on Highway 4 between Port Alberni and Tofino and Ucluelet is seen on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. After a “little bit of creative thinking, Jesse Blake put the family boat in at the Kennedy Lake Provincial Park boat launch.”. While the US Election is a hot button topic right now, there is more written on it than we have the time and energy to consume and so I want to focus on something different, more local today. Engineers are expected to be assessing the site on Saturday, and Osborne says residents are waiting for updates on whether a detour route will be established and when the road will be repaired. Check Highway # 4 as that is the most vulnerable stretch of highway to weather conditions. “There is a lot of dialogue going on right now between the Ministry of Transportation, Island Health, B.C. Drivers were not asked why they were travelling, but only passenger vehicles and light pickup trucks were allowed to take advantage of the temporary access. Highway 4 west of Port Alberni remains closed after road wash out, CBC's Journalistic Standards and Practices. The highway was closed between Corcan Road and Parksville Exit for several hours as … We encountered an issue signing you up. Highway 4 Closures and Summer Travel Tips for Ucluelet 2019 May 4, 2019 / in Travel Tips / by Laurissa Cebryk. The highway is the only non-logging road connecting Tofino and Ucluelet to the rest of Vancouver Island. Photo by BC Transportation Tofino Mayor Josie Osborne says the road closure has inconvenienced some people — particularly tourists who have either extended their stay or cancelled their trips — but is otherwise not a cause for concern. Commercial Vehicle Chain Requirements @DC_Geddes The contractor is telling us that no detour is available at this time. Pacific Coastal Airlines, which does not ordinarily have a Saturday flight to the area during the winter, has added one. Volunteer firefighters did the distribution, Honouring our veterans today and every day, Houston to receive $1.06 million in COVID relief from Province, PAPC takes over section 5 of the pipeline from MSJV. This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. “And we were hurting from the week before with the snowstorm.”. A traffic camera at the junction of Highway 4 and Highway 4A (to Coombs) shows the congestion of vehicles turning left to detour a portion of Highway 19 on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020.