A small section of East Shuswap Road is down to single-lane traffic as the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure addresses erosion in the area east of Sun Rivers.
In a statement, the ministry said it is monitoring the situation as high stream flows continue in the South Thompson River. River levels have been high due to above-normal snowpack depths and soggier than usual weather.
The section of rural road — located on the Tk’emlups te Secwépemc reserve, across the river from River City Nissan in Valleyview — is immediately next to and above the river and the bank next to the road’s shoulder appears to be eroding.
The ministry said its geotechnical engineers assessed the area and recommended the eastbound lane of East Shuswap Road be closed in that area for safety reasons. As a result, traffic is down to one lane, alternating east-west, but it appeared to be flowing steadily, alongside the South Thompson, on Friday.
No traffic personnel are on site, but signage shows the road closure. The ministry said staff continue to work with engineers and contractor Argo Road Maintenance to develop a plan for repair. It is unclear when the section of the road will reopen to two lanes, what that repair will entail or the price tag associated.
KTW has requested that additional information, but has not yet heard back from the ministry.
Meanwhile, City of Kamloops utility services manager Greg Wightman said that the city continues to monitor flood risk, noting the city will remain alert over the weekend, with calls for potential rain on Sunday.
“Tough thing to predict right now,” Wightman said. “Everything is so based on rain right now.”
The city continues to conduct daily dyke inspections and monitor river levels, he said.