BC Highway 3 Conditions - Road Report News

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Highway 1 Highways 5 & 97c

Events for Highway 3

Highway 3 Both directions Construction 20 km west of Princeton between Friday Creek and Laidlaw Road 6:00 am to 6:00 pm daily until further notice. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Expect 5-minute delays. Updated on Wed Jul 2 at 8:36 am PDT. (ID# -48429)
Highway 3 Both directions Paving 14 km east of Christina Lake, Lafferty Pit to Paulson Bridge, 7:00 am to 7:00 pm Mon-Sat starting Jun 23 through Aug 30. The road will be reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Watch for milled surface, traffic control and equipment on roadway. (ID# -48150)
Highway 3 Both directions Bridge Construction at Jaffray 6:00 am to 6:00 pm Mon-Sat through Aug 27. Bridge replacement work in progress. A detour is in place with traffic pattern change. Updated on Thu May 8 at 8:03 am PDT. (ID# -47257)
Highway 3 Both directions Ditching 20 km west of Fernie 6:30 am to 2:30 pm on Wed Jul 23. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Updated on Tue Jul 22 at 5:12 pm PDT. (ID# -48964)
Highway 3 Eastbound Road Maintenance on Highway 3 both directions between The Burn and 1 km east of Grouse Road in Manning Park will occur weekly on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday effective 15/07/2014 until 31/07/2014 from 7:00:00 AM to 7:00:00 PM. There is no work on Sundays or Statutory Holidays. 3 Lane Section; will have single lane alternating traffic. Speed Limit will be reduced to 60 km/hr . 4 Lane Section Single Lane Traffic in each direction will be maintained at all times. Speed limit will be reduced to 80 km/hr. All Work is weather dependent. Updated on Mon Jul 21 1:45 pm PDT. (ID# RTMC_3300)
Highway 3 Eastbound Paving from Princeton to 15 km east of Princeton (15 km), 7:30 am to 3:00 pm daily starting Jul 23 through Jul 24. The road will be reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Updated on Mon Jul 21 at 9:35 am PDT. (ID# -48924)
Highway 3 Eastbound Bridge Maintenance 1 km west of Castlegar 7:00 am to 3:00 pm daily through Jul 23. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Updated on Mon Jul 21 at 6:03 am PDT. (ID# -48898)

Morrissey Jct
Approx 10 km south of Fernie at Morrissey Jct, looking north..

Hwy 3, in Hosmer, north of Fernie, looking north-east

General Route 3 Information

The Crowsnest Highway's total length in British Columbia is 837 km (520 miles), and its total length within Alberta is 326 km (202 miles). The Crowsnest Highway's western terminus is at Hope, B.C., where it branches off from Highway 1. The highway goes east for 7 km (4 miles) to its junction with Highway 5, then through Allison Pass and Manning Provincial Park for 127 km (79 miles) towards the town of Princeton. In this stretch between Hope and Princeton, known locally as the Hope-Princeton Highway, there are several significant ascents. The first is the steep climb to the Hope Slide, followed later by the remainder of the climb up to Allison Pass at an elevation of 1,342m (4,473 ft). After the summit of Allison Pass, the road descends for 40 km (25 mi) before beginning another long climb up Sunday Summit (1,284m, 4,280 ft). Soon after Sunday Summit is the descent into Princeton, where Highway 5A begins.

After Princeton, the Crowsnest goes southeast for 67 km (42 miles), through Hedley, to the village of Keremeos, where a junction with a length of highway designated as 3A is located. Another 46 km (29 miles) southeast, and the Crowsnest reaches the town of Osoyoos and a junction with Highway 97. The highway then proceeds to hug the Canada-U.S. border east through a stretch of switchbacks. 52 km (32 miles) east of Osoyoos, the Crowsnest reaches its junction with Highway 33 at Rock Creek, then the highway heads east for 70 km (44 miles) to its junction with Highway 41 at a location called Carson. Another 26 km (16 miles) east, passing through Grand Forks en route, the Crowsnest meets Highway 395 at the southern end of Christina Lake.

Further east from Christina Lake, the Crowsnest travels for 47 km (29 miles) through Bonanza Pass to its junction with Highway 3B at Nancy Greene Lake. It is another 26 km (16 miles) east to the junction with Highway 22 at Castlegar, and another 2 km (1¼ miles) east to a junction with another stretch of Highway designated as 3A, also within Castlegar. Leaving Castlegar, the Crowsnest reaches its eastern junction with Highway 3B 26 km (16 miles) east. Highway 6 converges with the Crowsnest at Salmo, 11 km (7 miles) east of the 3B junction, and the two highways proceed south for 14 km (9 miles) to the Burnt Flat Junction, where Highway 6 diverges south.

East of Burnt Flat, the Crowsnest heads through the Kootenay Pass on a stretch known as the Kootenay Skyway, or Salmo-Creston Skyway. 67 km (42 miles) east of Burnt Flat, the Crowsnest reaches the town of Creston, just past junctions with Highways 21 and 3A. 40 km (25 miles) later, at Yahk, Highway 95 merges onto the Crowsnest. The two highways share a common alignment for 72 km (46 miles) northeast along the Moyie River to a junction with Highway 95A at Cranbrook. Another 6 km (4 miles) east, Highway 95 diverges north from the Crowsnest and Highway 93 merges onto the Crowsnest from the north. Highway 93 and the Crowsnest share a common alignment for the next 53 km (32 miles) southeast to Elko, where Highway 93 diverges south. 31 km (19 miles) north of Elko, the Crowsnest reaches Fernie, then it goes north another 30 km (18 miles) to its junction with Highway 43 at Sparwood, and another 19 km (11 miles) east, the highway reaches the boundary with Alberta at Crowsnest Pass.

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