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Deliveries of food, supplies to Tofino and Ucluelet resume as highway reopens

Last Updated Jan 25, 2020 at 9:44 pm PDT

(Courtesy B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)
Summary

A rockslide blocked a stretch of Highway 4--the only road leading into those places--on Thursday

Saturday, crews completed work on a single-lane bridge strong enough to hold the weight of heavy trucks

VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) — Food and other critical supplies are now able to make it into the communities of Tofino and Ucluelet on Vancouver Island.

A rockslide blocked a stretch of Highway 4–the only road leading into those places–on Thursday.

The closure was triggered by a “scheduled blast,” executed as part of an ongoing construction project.

Saturday, crews completed work on a single-lane bridge strong enough to hold the weight of heavy trucks.

“The project team is evaluating how construction will progress around the new bridge,” says a release from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. “The ministry also recognizes the crews who worked around the clock to open the highway as quickly as possible.”

The ministry warns drivers to expect delays, as the road is only open to single-lane alternating traffic.