Another rock slide on Highway 4 cuts off Tofino-Ucluelet

Single-lane alternating traffic now moving around debris

DriveBC is reporting Highway 4 is impassable due to debris on the roadway. DRIVE BC

DriveBC is reporting Highway 4 is impassable due to debris on the roadway. DRIVE BC

For the second time in two days, debris on the roadway at a construction site has closed Highway 4 in both directions. After more than an hour’s delay, DriveBC is reporting single lane alternating traffic with up to 30-minute delays due to congestion.

The highway was closed before 7 p.m., causing a backup all the way to the Ucluelet-Tofino Junction.

The closure comes one day after another that saw truckers, residents and tourists stuck in a lineup for nine hours. Rock blasting being done as part of the provincial and federal government’s $38 million Kennedy Hill Improvement Project caused the delay.

READ: Hwy 4 between Tofino-Ucluelet and the rest of Vancouver Island closed in both directions

The highway was shut down for more than 12 hours on July 9 after blasting loosened more material than construction crews anticipated. Crews had to drill, blast and clear the large boulders and other debris.

READ: Rock blasting debris shuts down highway between Tofino-Ucluelet and rest of Vancouver Island

Environment Canada issued a special weather statement on Wednesday that a strong Pacific front will drench parts of Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland beginning Thursday.

READ ALSO: Heavy rainfall to drench B.C.’s south coast

Showers with a risk of thunderstorms and gusty winds are expected for Friday morning.



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