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 29 km west of Princeton 7:00 am to 5:30 pm Mon-Sat through Oct 31. 60 Km Speed Zone in effect. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Updated on Wed Apr 20 at 8:57 am PDT. (ID# -57625)
Highway 3 Both directions Vehicle Incident 12 km west of Princeton. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Updated on Fri Oct 21 at 12:26 pm PDT. (ID# 221975)
Highway 3 Both directions Watch for falling rock from Christina Lake to Blueberry-Paulson Summit (38.1 km). Updated on Fri Oct 21 at 4:14 pm PDT. (ID# 221921)
Highway 3 Both directions Slushy with Slippery Sections 5 km west of Kootenay Pass Summit to 10 km east of Kootenay Pass Summit (15 km). Updated Wed Oct 19 at 1:33 pm PDT. (ID# 221830)
Highway 3 Both directions Limited Visibility with Fog from Junction with Highway 6 to Creston (69.8 km). Updated Thu Oct 20 at 7:06 am PDT. (ID# 221897)
Highway 3 Both directions Compact Snow with Slippery Sections from Junction with Highway 6 to Creston (69.8 km). Updated Thu Oct 20 at 7:05 am PDT. (ID# 221939)
Highway 3 Both directions Road construction 45 km west of Fernie 7:00 am to 5:00 pm Mon-Sat through Oct 21. Reduced travel speed and possible minor delays of up to 5 minutes. Project is not working on this long weekend. Updated on Fri Oct 7 at 9:04 am PDT. (ID# -60937)
Highway 3 Eastbound Road Work for the replacement of hydro poles on Highway 3 Eastbound between Sunshine Valley and the East Gate of Manning Park will occur weekly on all days effective October 24, 2016 until November 4, 2016 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Updated on Thu Oct 20 2:55 pm PDT. (ID# RTMC_11473)

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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