A landslide closed a section of Highway 3 on the eastern outskirts of Christina Lake Wednesday morning Feb. 9, according to the Department of Transportation.
The freeway is closed to two lanes of traffic for a two-kilometer stretch between East Lake Drive and Paulson Summit, leaving no detour lanes for motorists, the department reported.
Greg McNeil, operations manager for road contractor Yellowhead Road and Bridge (YRB), said the landslide happened around 6:15 a.m. when a rock outcrop gave way between the town of Christina Lake and East Lake Drive. . The landslide covered a length of approximately 20 meters of the highway, piling boulders between three and 15 meters high.
No one was injured and there was no property damage, McNeil told The Gazette.
A YRB crew is now on site, where McNeil said they are awaiting security clearance by a geotechnical engineer en route from Nelson. The gendarmes are currently redirecting traffic.
YRB hopes to open the freeway to single-lane alternating traffic by noon Wednesday. The freeway could reopen in both directions as early as 4 p.m., McNeil said.
The full extent of freeway surface damage was unclear as of 8:30 a.m., although McNeil estimated that a freeway-side ditch had absorbed the brunt of the impact.