It’s hoped that some traffic can begin moving on the Trans-Canada Highway west of Field, B.C. by Thursday night, but it could be months before highway travel in the region is back to normal. The highway has been closed since a rockslide Monday that injured two workers. The workers had been preparing the site for explosives to mitigate against rockslides.
Caitlin Cameron at Amiskwi Fireworks in Field tells Global News the community feels like a ghost town. “There’s absolutely no traffic… No-one is going to travel through here right now. So, there’s absolutely no business.” Cameron says the town is cut off and kids are missing school.
Everett Cooper, chef at Truffle Pigs, they’ve run out of some stock, but that’s one of the hazards of mountain living. “Nothing’s ever sure. A rockslide could happen in our town or whatever and when you’re being invasive like that of course there’s bound to be a degree of instability.”
Parks Canada hope to pave one section of the road to allow single-lane of alternating traffic should to begin moving through the site by 6 o’clock this evening. Cameron is concerned after hearing the Parks officials say it could be spring before the extensive damages to the highway are repaired. “Hopefully they have a better plan than that. I think that’s going to put a huge damger on transportation between here and Golden.”
A detour is in effect on Highway 93 South. Parks officials will say more about the return to two-lane traffic later today.