Coquihalla Road Conditions Highway 5 & 97C

Including The Okanagan Connector - Highway 97C (hwy 97C) through Aspen Grove to Kelowna

Events for Highway 5

Highway 5 Highway 5. Roadside brushing between Avola Frontage Roads Access and Little Hells Gate Park Access Rd for 17.4 km (1 km north of Messiter Summit to Avola). Single lane alternating traffic. Watch for traffic control. Daily from 7:00 am until 2:00 pm: Monday, July 15th, Tuesday, July 16th, Wednesday, July 17th and Thursday, July 18th. Last updated Mon Jul 15 at 8:36 AM PDT. (DBC-10075)
Highway 5 Southbound Highway 5, southbound. Maintenance at Skinner Rd (20 km north of Vavenby). Until Mon Jul 22. From 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM PDT on Monday, Thursday and Friday. Single lane alternating traffic. Last updated Mon Jul 15 at 2:10 PM PDT. (DBC-10088)
Highway 5 Northbound Highway 5, northbound. Utility work planned between Albreda Pit Rd and Bear Rd for 16.6 km (23 to 7 km south of Valemount). Starting Mon Jul 22 at 8:00 AM PDT until Tue Jul 23 at 7:00 PM PDT. Single lane alternating traffic will be in effect. Last updated Wed Jul 17 at 3:46 PM PDT. (DBC-10175)
Highway 5 Both Directions Highway 5, in both directions. Bridge maintenance between Exit 192 and Exit 195 (17 km south of Great Bear Snowshed). Until Thu Oct 31 at 8:00 PM PDT. Carolin Bridge [25 km north of Hope]: One lane in either direction Sun from 8pm until Fri at 8am. A counterflow lane will be available northbound on Fri and Sat and southbound on Sun. Travel lane width reduced from 5 m to 3.8 m during counterflow. Last updated Wed Jun 5 at 12:44 PM PDT. (DBC-8448)
Highway 5 Highway 5. Shoulder maintenance planned between Messiter Summit Rest Area and Foam Creek FSR (3 km north of Messiter Summit). Starting Tue Jul 23 at 7:00 AM PDT until Tue Jul 23 at 6:00 PM PDT. Single lane alternating traffic will be in effect. Last updated Tue Jul 9 at 3:07 PM PDT. (DBC-9809)
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Events for Highway 97C

Highway 97C Highway 97C. Heavy rain between Cornwall Rd and Empter Frontage Rd for 5.9 km (Ashcroft). Travel advisory in effect. Heavy rain is forecast between 11:15 am and 10:00 pm, closures may result due to risk of debris flows. Motorists are advised to exercise caution when traveling and consider alternate routes. Last updated Fri Jul 19 at 12:55 AM PDT. (DBC-10097)
Highway 97C Both Directions Highway 97C, in both directions. Paving operations between Merritt and Logan Lake. Until Fri Aug 9. From 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM PDT on weekdays and Saturday. Single lane alternating traffic. Expect delays. Milling and paving from Lower Nicola to Logan Lake watch for grooved pavement. 60/KM hour speed zone during the day. Single lane alternating traffic expect 15 minute delays. Last updated Mon Jul 15 at 8:21 AM PDT. (DBC-8439)
Highway 97C Both Directions Highway 97C, in both directions. Geotechnical investigation planned between Pennask Summit and Bear Creek Road FSR for 4.5 km (Pennask Summitt). Starting Mon Jul 22 at 8:00 AM PDT until Tue Jul 23 at 5:00 PM PDT. Lane closures in both directions planned. Last updated Mon Jul 8 at 8:01 AM PDT. (DBC-9886)
Highway 97C Highway 97C. Construction work between Loon Lake Rd and Highway 5A for 14.9 km (23 km west of Merritt to 34 km east of Pennask Summitt). Until Fri Jul 26 at 6:00 PM PDT. Lane Closure. Last updated Tue Jul 9 at 8:23 AM PDT. (DBC-9921)
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Coquihalla Weather Locations

Hope     Merritt     Kamloops     Kelowna

General Route Information

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.

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.

This diagram illustrates the wrong-way concurrency between Highways 5 and 97 through Kamloops. Highway 5 then goes 4 km (2½ mi) through the eastern area of Merritt before reaching its northern junction with Highway 5A. The Coquihalla 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.

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

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