Coquihalla Highway closed in both directions from Hope to Merritt

B.C. Southeast District, Merritt, Hope, Traffic Services

2017-12-18 15:35 PST

BC RCMP Traffic Services wishes to advise the public that Highway 5 (Coquihalla) is currently closed in both directions between Hope and Merritt.

There are currently several vehicle incidents along the route, although none are believed to be fatal. The weather conditions are currently poor and expected to worsen overnight as a major winter storm moves through the area.

There is a travel advisory in effect and motorists are asked to avoid Highway 5 and detour via Highway 1 or Highway 3 as it is not known with certainty when the Coquihalla will re-open. Motorists can monitor the website for updates.

If you must travel, avoid Highway 5 until further notice. Ensure your vehicle is well-maintained, has proper winter tires, pack extra clothing/food, give yourself extra time and expect winter driving conditions. Slow down, give yourself extra room to stop or take evasive action – take care so you and yours arrive safely at your destination this Christmas.

Released by

Cst. Mike Halskov

E Division Traffic Services
Mailstop # 804 - 14200 Green Timbers Way, Surrey, BC V3T 6P3
Office: 778-290-2377
Fax: 778-290-6071


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