Landslide Hits Highway 3 West of Midway – Boundary Creek Times

A tractor-trailer approaches a landslide on Highway 3 west of Midway Monday morning March 2. Photo: Submitted

Rockslide hits Highway 3 west of Midway

No one was hurt after rock face gave way, road contractor says

Highway 3 is reduced to alternating single-lane traffic west of Midway following a rockslide at 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 2.

Greg McNeil, operations manager at road contractor Yellowhead Road and Bridge (YRB), said a small section of rock face fell onto the westbound lane about six kilometers west of the village. No one was hurt when the landslide released about 600 cubic meters of rock, he said.

YRB expects the freeway to be reopened to two-lane traffic by the end of the day on Wednesday.

Teams will have to cut down a 25 meter tall pine tree above the slide as the tree is in danger of falling onto the road.

McNeil said the slide was likely caused by the February free/thaw cycle, much like the recent highway slide over Christina Lake.

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Virginia F. Goins