Highway 99 between Pemberton and Lillooet now open

HIGHWAY 99 between Pemberton and Lillooet is now open to essential travel after an overnight closure due to weather and saturated ground conditions, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has announced.

Essential purposes for travel are defined in the travel restrictions order through the Emergency Program Act. Checkpoints will be in place and travel restrictions will be enforced.

Weight restrictions are in place on this route from just north of Pemberton to Lillooet. This route is a steep, mountainous road with narrow sections and sharp curves. High volumes of commercial vehicles cannot be safely accommodated. Regular passenger vehicles, such as cars, SUVs, vans and trucks under a gross vehicle weight of 14,500 kilograms are able to travel on this corridor.

The highway infrastructure is vulnerable following recent storm events. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is monitoring the weather and the performance of the highway. People should be aware that Highway 99 and others could be closed at any time should conditions change.

Drivers are reminded that B.C.’s winter tires regulations are in effect. Drivers are urged to use extreme caution, obey signs, speed limits and the direction of any traffic-control personnel. Other safety tips for winter driving apply, including travelling with a full tank of gas, food and water, and warm clothes.

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