BC Highway 3 Conditions - Road Report News

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Highway 1 Highways 5 & 97c

Events for Highway 3

Highway 3 Westbound Highway 3, westbound. Utility work between First Avalanche Gate and Exit 177 for 4.1 km (8 to 4 km east of Hope). Until Mon Apr 13 at 4:00 PM PDT. Right lane closed. Last updated Wed Feb 26 at 11:11 AM PDT. (DBC-16139)
Highway 3 Highway 3. Watch for slippery sections between Wilgress Lake Rest Area and Granby Rd for 26.0 km (2 km west of Eholt Summit to Grand Forks). Last updated Tue Mar 31 at 3:58 PM PDT. (DBCRCON-67240)
Highway 3 Both Directions Highway 3, in both directions. Watch for falling rocks between East Lake Dr and Junction Hwy 3B for 93.5 km (Christina Lake to 10 km west of Salmo). Last updated Sun Mar 29 at 7:18 AM PDT. (DBC-16900)
Highway 3 Highway 3. Watch for slippery sections between East Lake Dr and Mannix Rd for 22.9 km (15 km east of Christina Lake to 24 km west of Castlegar). Last updated Tue Mar 31 at 3:58 PM PDT. (DBCRCON-67241)
Highway 3 Highway 3. Watch for slippery sections between Junction Hwy 3B and Highway 6 NS; Junction Hwy 6NS for 24.5 km (Salmo). Last updated Tue Mar 31 at 4:52 PM PDT. (DBCRCON-67242)
Highway 3 Highway 3. Watch for falling rocks between West Avalanche Gate and East Avalanche Gate for 18.0 km (Kootenay Pass). Last updated Fri Mar 6 at 5:54 AM PST. (DBC-16371)
Highway 3 Highway 3. Slushy with slippery sections between West Avalanche Gate and Cook St for 56.4 km (10 km west of Kootenay Pass to Creston). Last updated Tue Mar 31 at 4:52 PM PDT. (DBCRCON-67308)
Highway 3 Highway 3. Bridge construction between Nicks Island Rd and Lower Wynndel Rd (4 km west of Creston). Until Fri Nov 20. Kootenay River Bridge Rehabilitation 6 km west of Creston. Single lane alternating traffic, seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Travel lane envelope reduced to 4 meters wide by 5 meters high. Expect delays of up to 20 minutes. Slow down, watch for workers, and obey all construction signage. Last updated Fri Mar 13 at 8:09 AM PDT. (DBC-16540)
Highway 3 Highway 3. Winter driving conditions between Wright Rd and Tavistock St for 41.2 km (5 km west of Curzon Junction to Moyie). Frost heaves. Slushy with slippery sections. Last updated Tue Mar 31 at 7:02 AM PDT. (DBCRCON-67245)
Highway 3 Highway 3. Limited visibility with heavy snowfall between Sunrise Rd and White Cloud Pit Rd for 69.0 km (Moyie to 9 km west of Jaffray). Winter driving conditions. Limited visibility with snow. Last updated Tue Mar 31 at 10:15 PM MDT. (DBCRCON-67347)
Highway 3 Highway 3. Winter driving conditions between Bull Rd and Highway 93 for 27.6 km (9 km west of Jaffray to 1 km west of Elko). Last updated Tue Mar 31 at 4:04 PM MDT. (DBCRCON-67348)
Highway 3 Highway 3. Limited visibility with heavy snowfall between Junction Rd and Michel Mouth Bridge for 63.4 km (1 km west of Elko to Sparwood). Winter driving conditions. Compact snow. Slushy with slippery sections. Snowing. Last updated Tue Mar 31 at 4:09 PM MDT. (DBCRCON-67321)
Highway 3 Highway 3. Bridge construction at Lizard Creek Bridge (3 km west of Fernie). Lizard Crk Bridge work is in Winter Shutdown - Temporary detour in effect 7 days a week with no expected delays. Slow down and obey all traffic signs. Last updated Mon Dec 2 at 3:22 PM MST. (DBC-13865)
Highway 3 Highway 3. Winter driving conditions between Alexander Bridge and BC/AB Border for 17.8 km (Sparwood to British Columbia and Alberta Border). Last updated Tue Mar 31 at 6:49 PM MDT. (DBCRCON-67250)
Datashare

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

Hosmer
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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