Coquihalla Conditions for Hwy 5 Coquihalla highway & Hwy 97C Okanagan connector for today.
Highway 5 – Road Conditions
|Highway 5, southbound. Construction work between Exit 202: Portia and Exit 200: Shylock Rd for 1.8 km (12 to 11 km south of Great Bear Snowshed). Until Thu Sep 15. From 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM PDT on weekdays. Watch for traffic control. Expect delays.|
minor construction | last updated Thu Aug 4 at 10:11 AM PDT.
|Highway 5, northbound. Paving operations between Exit 256: Coldwater Rd and Exit 276: Comstock Rd for 19.9 km (29 to 9 km south of Merritt). Until Mon Aug 22 at 7:00 PM PDT. Watch for traffic control. Lane Closure. 24 hour traffic control in place. Speed reduction from 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM daily. If wide load, contact Garth Parker (250-682-5301).|
minor construction | last updated Fri Aug 5 at 12:48 PM PDT.
|Highway 5, northbound. Industrial traffic may slow or block regular traffic. Between Exit 183: Othello Rd and Exit 192 for 9.0 km (6 to 15 km north of Hope). Until Sat Sep 3. From 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM PDT daily.|
minor construction | last updated Wed Aug 3 at 4:11 PM PDT.
|Highway 5, in both directions. Construction work between Exit 202 and Exit 290: Merritt for 84.3 km (Merritt to 11 km south of Great Bear Snowshed). Watch for traffic control. Expect Major delays due to congestion. Expect delays and traffic to be stopped periodically daily. Obey all signage. Speeds reduced through entire corridor and will be enforced.|
minor construction | last updated Mon Jun 6 at 9:34 AM PDT.
|Highway 5, northbound. Maintenance between the start of Highway 5 and Exit 192 for 15.4 km (Hope). Until Fri Aug 26 at 9:00 PM PDT. Lane Closure.|
minor construction | last updated Wed Jul 27 at 12:58 PM PDT.
|Highway 5, in both directions. Bridge maintenance between Exit 231: Mine Creek Rd and Exit 238: Juliet Rd (19 km north of Coquihalla Summit). Until Mon Oct 31. From 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM PDT daily. Expect delays. Watch for traffic control. Intermittent closures for up to 5 minutes in both directions.|
minor construction | last updated Wed Aug 3 at 8:02 AM PDT.
|Highway 5, southbound. Utility work planned between Exit 200: Shylock Rd and Exit 183: Othello Rd for 4.0 km (15 km north of Hope to 16 km south of Great Bear Snowshed). Starting Wed Aug 10 until Fri Aug 12. From 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM PDT daily. Right lane will be closed. Expect delays.|
minor construction | last updated Thu Aug 4 at 1:42 PM PDT.
|Highway 5. Ditching between Wire Cache Rest Area and Avola Frontage Roads Access for 12.7 km (1 to 14 km south of Avola). Until Thu Aug 11 at 2:00 PM PDT. From 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM PDT on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Single lane alternating traffic. Watch for traffic control. Expect minor delays.|
minor construction | last updated Fri Aug 5 at 12:31 PM PDT.
Highway 97C – Road Conditions
|Highway 97C. Water pooling between Merritt and Highland Valley Copper Mine for 56.0 km (Merritt to 40 km south of Ashcroft).|
minor road condition | last updated Mon Aug 8 at 11:12 AM PDT. (DBCRCON-129294)
|Highway 97C. Ditching between Aspen Grove and Merritt for 23.5 km (Merritt). Until Thu Aug 11 at 4:00 PM PDT. From 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Right lane closed. REDUCED SPEED ZONE TO 90KM, WATCH FOR CREW AND EQUIPMENT.|
minor construction | last updated Tue Aug 9 at 6:43 AM PDT.
General Route Information – Coquihalla Conditions
Coquihalla Summit (el. 1244 m.) is a highway summit along the Coquihalla Highway in British Columbia, Canada. It is the highest point on the highway between the cities of Hope and Merritt. It is located just south of the former toll booth plaza on the Coquihalla Highway, about 50 km north of Hope, and 65 km south of Merritt and is the divide between the Coquihalla River and the Coldwater River. Coquihalla conditions today
The ascent to the Coquihalla Summit is very steep, especially from the south. The ascent is particularly steep after passing northbound through the Great Bear snow shed.
Highway 5 begins in the south at its junction with Highway 3 at an uninhabited location known as “Othello,” 7 km (4 mi) east of Hope (named after a nearby siding on the Kettle Valley Railway, which used many Shakespearean names). The exit numbers on the Coquihalla are a continuation of those on Highway 1 west of Hope. 35 km (22 mi) north of Othello, after passing through five interchanges, Highway 5 reaches the Great Bear snow shed, which is a landmark on the route. 13 km (8 mi) north of the snow shed, after passing through another interchange and the 1244 m (4,147 ft) Coquihalla Pass, Highway 5 reaches the former toll booth; it was the only highway in British Columbia to have tolls. The toll for a typical passenger vehicle on the highway was C$10. 61 km (38 mi) and five interchanges later, the Coquihalla enters the city of Merritt at its south junction with Highway 5A and Highway 97C.
The Coquihalla conditions has three more interchanges and one mountain pass, the Clapperton Creek Summit, in its remaining 72 km (45 mi) between Merritt and its end at a junction with Highways 1 and 97 within the Afton area of Kamloops. Highway 5 continues east for 7 km (4 mi) concurrent with Highways 1 and 97 through Kamloops. This stretch of road, which carries 97 South and 5 North on the same lanes (and vice versa), is the only other wrong-way concurrency in British Columbia, along with 99 North and 12 South, near the town of Lillooet.
After separating from Highways 1 and 97, Highway 5 proceeds north for approximately 19 km (12 mi), temporarily leaving Kamloops city limits as a four-lane highway, before re-entering the city at the Rayleigh community and continuing north. It becomes a two-lane highway at Heffley Creek and the exit to Sun Peaks resorts, both of which indicate the final northern boundary of Kamloops.
Highway 5 follows the North Thompson River north from Heffley Creek for approximately 54 km (34 mi), along a parallel course with a branch of the Canadian National Railway, passing through Barriere, to a junction with Highway 24 at Little Fort. 30 km (19 mi) north of Little Fort, while continuing to follow the North Thompson and the CN Railway, Highway 5 reaches the community of Clearwater. It proceeds northeast for another 107 km (67 mi), passing Vavenby en route, to the community of Blue River, and then 109 km (68 mi) further north through the Columbia Mountains, passing by the community of Valemount to its northern terminus at Tête Jaune Cache, where it meets Highway 16. Check Coquihalla conditions
Highway 97C begins near Trepanier, at a location on Highway 97 known as Drought Hill. The section of Highway 97C east of Merritt is mostly freeway, with a speed limit of 110 km/h (68 mph) and between 4 and 6 lanes, and has very few exits along its route. Its highest altitude is the Pennask Summit (1728 m, 5760 ft, above sea level). Highway 97C travels on this freeway 82 km (51 mi) northwest to Aspen Grove, where it converges with Highway 5A.
Highways 97C and 5A share the 28 km (17 mi) long route between Aspen Grove and Lower Nicola, where Highway 5A diverges immediately east and Highway 8 begins.
North of the Highway 8 junction, Highway 97C goes north for 42 km (26 mi) to Logan Lake, then northwest for 57 km (35 mi) to Ashcroft on the Canadian National Railway. Highway 97C then travels 6 km (4 mi) west from Ashcroft to where it converges with Highway 1, which takes Highway 97C north for its final 5 km (3 mi) to its end at Highway 97 in Cache Creek. Information Obtained from Wikipedia and Drive BC