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Highway 1 fully re-open east of Chilliwack, four days after mudslides

Last Updated Nov 27, 2017 at 6:56 pm PDT

File photo: Highway 1 between Bridal Falls and Hope was closed on November 23, 2017 due to a mudslide. (Source: Twitter @TranBC)

BRIDAL FALLS (NEWS 1130) – All eastbound and westbound lanes of Highway 1 are open again between Bridal Falls and Hope after a series of mudslides coated the roadway in several meters of mud and debris last week.

However, the Ministry of Transportation says there will still be periodic lane closures in the area for the next week or two.

“Single lane closures will be put in place as required to complete any remaining work, and to monitor the operation of the culverts moving forward,” says area manager Maziar Kazemi with the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.

“The Ministry would like to thank the travelling public for their patience while the work is underway,” he adds.

Mud and debris slid onto the pavement in three different areas on Thursday, trapping two transport trucks and another vehicle.

No one was hurt, but the slides brought down an estimated 17,000 cubic metres of sludge in the eastern Fraser Valley, about 120 kilometres east of Vancouver.

Debris was five metres deep in some areas and heavy equipment such as excavators, dump trucks, front-end loaders and a bulldozer were used to clear away the mess.

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