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Coquihalla to close for four hours on Jan. 8 for avalanche-control work

Due to heavy snowfall over the last several weeks, avalanche control via helicopter is required from 11 kilometres south of the Great Bear Snowshed to nine kilometres north of the Coquihalla summit
snow Coquihalla

Drivers are advised that a section of the Coquihalla Highway between Hope and Merritt will be closed from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 8, for avalanche-control work.

Due to heavy snowfall over the last several weeks, avalanche control via helicopter is required from 11 kilometres south of the Great Bear Snowshed to nine kilometres north of the Coquihalla summit. This work will remove weak layers of snow and ice and reduce the overall depth of the snowpack.

The highway will be closed southbound in Merritt and northbound at Hope beginning at 11 a.m. and closed northbound at Portia and southbound at Zopkios beginning at noon. The Coquihalla is expected to re-open by 3 p.m., but changes to the timeline may occur depending on weather.

Drivers should change their travel plans as necessary and check drivebc.ca and @DriveBC on Twitter for the most up-to-date highway travel information.