BC Highway 3 Conditions - Road Report News

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Highway 1 Highways 5 & 97c

Events for Highway 3

Highway 3 Both directions Bridge Work on Highway 3 between Upper Cambie/Similkameen Bridge and Allison Pass will occur weekly on Monday to Friday effective 09/05/2017 until 30/08/2017 from 7:00 AM to 7:30 PM. The work may include some Saturdays as required. Closures will be single lane alternating for no longer than 5 minutes as needed. Updated on Tue Jun 6 7:44 am PDT. (ID# RTMC_13556)
Highway 3 Both directions Paving on Highway 3 from Manning Park East Gate to Sunday Summit will occur weekly on Monday to Saturday effective May 12 until July 15 from 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM. 70 km/h speed zone in effect 24 hours a day. Please slow down and obey signage and traffic control personnel. Barriers have been temporarily removed. Please drive with caution. Updated on Tue Jun 6 7:45 am PDT. (ID# RTMC_13520)
Highway 3 Both directions Mowing 15 km east of Keremeos to 30 km east of Keremeos (15 km), 7:00 am to 3:00 pm on Thu Jun 29. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Updated on Thu Jun 29 at 5:59 am PDT. (ID# -64919)
Highway 3 Both directions Construction from Keremeos to 34 km east of Keremeos (34 km), 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Mon-Thu through Jun 30. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Updated on Thu Jun 1 at 8:29 am PDT. (ID# -64183)
Highway 3 Both directions Canada Day Parade at Osoyoos 10:45 am to 12:00 pm on Sat Jul 1. Brief road closure will be in effect with a detour in place Updated on Tue Jun 13 at 3:39 pm PDT. (ID# -64586)
Highway 3 Both directions Maintenance 34 km west of Creston through Fri Jun 30 at 7:00 am. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic with up to 20 minutes delay. Flaggers working twenty four hours. Updated on Mon Jun 26 at 1:32 pm PDT. (ID# -64835)
Highway 3 Both directions Construction 18 km west of Cranbrook for Swansea Bridge starting Wed May 17 at 7:00 am through Thu Nov 30 at 5:00 pm. Please obey all traffic signs and speed zones. Updated on Wed May 17 at 6:37 am PDT. (ID# -63921)
Highway 3 Both directions Highway Widening and Paving 3 km east of Jaffray 7:00 am to 7:00 pm Mon-Sat through Aug 31. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic with possible delays up to 10 minutes. Please reduce speed to 50 km/hr during construction hours 70 km/hr during non working hours. Updated on Wed Apr 26 at 1:52 pm PDT. (ID# -63434)
Highway 3 Westbound Maintenance 34 km west of Creston until further notice. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Updated on Fri Jun 16 at 7:00 am PDT. (ID# -64329)
Highway 3 Westbound Wash Out 2 km east of Paulson Bridge. 20 minute delay expected from 07:00am - 5:30pm. Reduced speed zone. Updated on Thu Jun 29 at 8:08 am PDT. (ID# 249520)
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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