BC Kootenay Highways - Road Report News

Highway 3A, 3B, 6, 31, 31A, 93, 95, 95A through Nelson, Grand Forks, New Denver, Nakusp, Salmo, Creston, Castlegar ...Use this link for Highway 3 Conditions and the following link for Kootenay Lake Ferry

Current Kootenay Highway Road Conditions

Events for West Kootenay

Highway 22 Highway 22. Watch for slippery sections between US Border and the end of Highway 22 for 45.9 km. Last updated Tue Mar 10 at 6:52 AM PDT. (DBCRCON-65169)
Highway 22A Highway 22A. Watch for slippery sections between US Border and Highway 3B for 11.3 km. Last updated Tue Mar 10 at 6:52 AM PDT. (DBCRCON-65170)
Highway 3 Highway 3. Watch for slippery sections between Nine Mile Place Rd and Beadman Rd for 27.7 km (20 km east of Osoyoos to Rock Creek). Last updated Tue Mar 10 at 6:52 AM PDT. (DBCRCON-65213)
Highway 3 Highway 3. Watch for slippery sections between Gowrie St and Wilgress South Rd for 12.7 km (1 km east of Greenwood to 2 km west of Eholt Summit). Last updated Tue Mar 10 at 6:52 AM PDT. (DBCRCON-65214)
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). Compact snow. Last updated Tue Mar 10 at 11:24 AM PDT. (DBCRCON-65245)
Highway 3 Highway 3. Watch for slippery sections between Riverside Dr and East Lake Dr for 27.4 km (Grand Forks to Christina Lake). Last updated Tue Mar 10 at 11:27 AM PDT. (DBCRCON-65249)
Highway 3 Highway 3. Watch for slippery sections between 68th Ave and Mannix Rd for 39.8 km (Christina Lake to 24 km west of Castlegar). Compact snow. Last updated Tue Mar 10 at 11:24 AM PDT. (DBCRCON-65247)
Highway 3 Highway 3. Watch for slippery sections between Highway 3B and Highway 6 NS; Junction Hwy 6NS for 78.2 km (24 km west of Castlegar to 14 km east of Salmo). Last updated Tue Mar 10 at 6:52 AM PDT. (DBCRCON-65248)
Highway 3 Highway 3. Slushy with slippery sections between Tailings Rd and Cook St for 68.9 km (14 km east of Salmo to Creston). Water pooling. Last updated Tue Mar 10 at 6:50 AM PDT. (DBCRCON-65073)
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. Winter driving conditions between Wright Rd and Tavistock St for 41.2 km (5 km west of Curzon Junction to Moyie). Frost heaves. Last updated Tue Mar 10 at 7:06 AM PDT. (DBCRCON-64980)
Highway 31 Highway 31. Watch for slippery sections between Balfour and Block Rd for 75.9 km (Balfour to Meadow Creek). Last updated Tue Mar 10 at 6:51 AM PDT. (DBCRCON-64990)
Highway 31 Highway 31. Watch for slippery sections between Block Rd and Goat Range Provincial Pk for 41.4 km (Meadow Creek to 25 km south of Trout Lake). Compact snow. Last updated Tue Mar 10 at 6:51 AM PDT. (DBCRCON-64848)
Highway 31A Highway 31A. Watch for slippery sections between Junction Hwy 6NS and Junction Hwy 31 for 46.6 km. Last updated Tue Mar 10 at 6:51 AM PDT. (DBCRCON-65101)
Highway 33 Highway 33. Watch for slippery sections between Christian Valley Rd and Carmi Station for 34.6 km (Westbridge to Beaverdell). Last updated Tue Mar 10 at 6:52 AM PDT. (DBCRCON-65211)
Highway 33 Highway 33. Watch for slippery sections between Beaverdell Station Rd and McCulloch Rd for 41.6 km (Beaverdell to 30 km south of Kelowna). Snowing. Last updated Tue Mar 10 at 6:52 AM PDT. (DBCRCON-65146)
Highway 33 Highway 33. Slushy with slippery sections between Rupert Mainline and Highway 97 for 39.2 km. Last updated Tue Mar 10 at 9:24 AM PDT. (DBCRCON-65236)
Highway 395 Highway 395. Watch for slippery sections between US Border and Highway 3 for 4.0 km (British Columbia and USA Border to Christina Lake). Last updated Tue Mar 10 at 11:27 AM PDT. (DBCRCON-65250)
Highway 3A Highway 3A. Watch for slippery sections between Junction Hwy 3 (Castlegar) and Kootenay Bay Ferry for 75.6 km (Castlegar to Balfour). Last updated Tue Mar 10 at 6:52 AM PDT. (DBCRCON-65176)
Highway 3A Highway 3A. Tree pruning planned between Sanca Rd and Twin Bays Rd for 5.1 km (10 to 5 km north of Kuskonook). Starting Wed Mar 11 at 9:00 AM PDT for the next six hours. Single lane alternating traffic will be in effect. Watch for traffic control personnel. Last updated Tue Mar 10 at 11:39 AM PDT. (DBC-16464)
Highway 3A Highway 3A. Utility work planned between Twin Bays North Rd and Twin Bays Rd for 0.8 km (6 to 5 km north of Kuskonook). Starting Fri Mar 13 at 8:00 AM PST until Fri Mar 13 at 3:00 PM PST. Single lane alternating traffic will be in effect. Watch for traffic control personnel. Last updated Thu Mar 5 at 8:54 AM PST. (DBC-16347)
Highway 3B Highway 3B. Watch for slippery sections between Highway 22 Jct W and Highway 3 Jct W for 28.2 km (Rossland to 8 km north of Nancy Greene Summit). Compact snow. Last updated Tue Mar 10 at 6:52 AM PDT. (DBCRCON-65174)
Highway 3B Highway 3B. Watch for slippery sections between Highway 3 Jct W and Highway 3 Jct E for 30.6 km. Last updated Tue Mar 10 at 6:52 AM PDT. (DBCRCON-65173)
Highway 41 Highway 41. Watch for slippery sections between US Border and Junction Hwy 3 for 1.3 km (British Columbia and USA Border to Grand Forks). Last updated Tue Mar 10 at 11:27 AM PDT. (DBCRCON-65251)
Highway 6 NS Highway 6 NS. Watch for slippery sections between Summit Lake Rd and Gravel Pit Rd for 59.2 km (Summit Lake to 2 km south of Slocan). Last updated Tue Mar 10 at 6:51 AM PDT. (DBCRCON-65153)
Highway 6 NS Highway 6 NS. Watch for slippery sections between Highway 3A; Junction Hwy 3A and Highway 3; Junction Hwy 3 for 40.4 km. Last updated Tue Mar 10 at 6:51 AM PDT. (DBCRCON-65177)
Highway 6 NS Highway 6 NS. Utility work between 4th St and 6th St for 0.3 km (Salmo). Until Fri Mar 13. From 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM PDT on weekdays. Single lane alternating traffic. Watch for traffic control. Last updated Thu Mar 5 at 9:18 AM PDT. (DBC-16348)
Highway 6 NS Highway 6 NS. Watch for slippery sections between Highway 3 and US Border for 10.4 km (10 km north of BC and WA Border, South of Osoyoos to BC and WA Border, South of Osoyoos). Last updated Tue Mar 10 at 6:51 AM PDT. (DBCRCON-64966)

Events for Rocky Mountain East Kootenay

Highway 1 Highway 1. Snowing between Columbia River Bridge and Glacier National Park West Boundary for 48.1 km (Revelstoke to 1 km east of West Boundary of Glacier National Park). Last updated Tue Mar 10 at 10:05 AM PDT. (DBCRCON-65241)
Highway 1 Highway 1. Watch for slippery sections between Lanark Snowshed and Quartz Creek Bridge (Structure) for 57.1 km (1 km east of West Boundary of Glacier National Park to 14 km east of East Boundary of Glacier National Park). Last updated Tue Mar 10 at 9:44 AM PDT. (DBCRCON-65239)
Highway 23 Highway 23. Snowing between Junction Hwy 31 and Highway 1 for 49.0 km. Last updated Tue Mar 10 at 10:00 AM PDT. (DBCRCON-65240)
Highway 23 Highway 23. Watch for slippery sections between Highway 1 and End of Route for 150.1 km. Last updated Tue Mar 10 at 9:44 AM PDT. (DBCRCON-64974)
Highway 3 Highway 3. Winter driving conditions between Bull Rd and 4th St for 58.6 km (9 km west of Jaffray to Fernie). Last updated Tue Mar 10 at 7:26 AM MDT. (DBCRCON-65195)
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 Riverside Dr and BC/AB Border for 50.2 km (Fernie to British Columbia and Alberta Border). Watch for slippery sections. Last updated Tue Mar 10 at 7:23 AM MDT. (DBCRCON-65196)
Highway 43 Highway 43. Winter driving conditions between the start of Highway 43 and Alpine Way for 33.7 km (Sparwood to Elkford). Watch for slippery sections. Last updated Tue Mar 10 at 7:24 AM MDT. (DBCRCON-65083)
Highway 93 Highway 93. Winter driving conditions between Grainger Rd and Stanley St for 61.3 km (Canal Flats to Radium Hot Springs). Last updated Tue Mar 10 at 7:25 AM MDT. (DBCRCON-65113)
Highway 93 Highway 93. Watch for slippery sections between Stanley St and the end of Highway 93 for 94.4 km (Radium Hot Springs to British Columbia and Alberta Border). Compact snow. Last updated Tue Mar 10 at 5:35 AM MDT. (DBCRCON-64895)
Highway 93 Highway 93. Construction work at West Boundary of Kootenay National Park (1 km north of Radium Hot Springs). Until Tue Mar 31, 2020 at 7:00 PM MST. Culvert liner installation near Radium Hot Pools, 91 km south of British Columbia border, 7 AM to 7 PM daily through March 31st, 2020. Expect speed reductions to 50 km/h in work zone. No work on long weekends or statutory holidays. Last updated Wed Nov 27 at 1:14 PM MST. (DBC-13762)
Highway 95 Highway 95. Winter driving conditions between BC/US Border and Highway 3 for 11.2 km. Last updated Tue Mar 10 at 7:06 AM PDT. (DBCRCON-64881)
Other Roads Both Directions Lakeview Road, in both directions. Road maintenance work at Lakeview Road in Invermere. Road is open to traffic. Watch for traffic control. Next update time Fri Mar 13 at 9:00 AM MDT. Last updated Mon Mar 9 at 9:13 AM MDT. (DBC-16386)

Kootenay Weather Locations

Salmo     Creston     Castlegar     Nelson      Radium Hot Springs       Grand Forks

General Route Information

Kootenay Pass, known locally as "the Salmo-Creston" is a mountain pass in the Selkirk Mountains of British Columbia, Canada. It is utilized by the Crowsnest Highway to transverse the Selkirks, connecting the communities of Salmo and Creston. At its opening the highway route was also dubbed the Kootenay Skyway

Highway 3A The 154 km (96 mi) long Kootenay section of Highway 3A begins at Castlegar, and travels 20 km (12 mi) northeast to South Slocan, where Highway 6 merges onto Highway 3A. The two highways proceed east for 22 km (14 mi) to Nelson, where Highway 6 diverges south. 34 km (21 mi) northeast of Nelson, Highway 3A reaches Balfour, on the western shore of Kootenay Lake. The Kootenay Lake ferry takes Highway 3A across Kootenay Lake to Kootenay Bay. Highway 3A then follows the eastern shore of Kootenay Lake for 78 km (48 mi) all the way south to Creston, where it terminates.

Highway 6 has a total length of 407 km (253 mi). It begins at the Canada-U.S. border crossing at Nelway, where it connects with State Route 31. It travels north for 10 km (6 mi) to the Burnt Flat Junction, where the Crowsnest Highway merges onto it from the east. The Crowsnest carries Highway 6 north for 14 km (9 mi) to the town of Salmo, where the Crowsnest diverges west. From Salmo, Highway 6 goes north for 41 km (25 mi), mostly following the Salmo River, to the city of Nelson, where access to the Whitewater Ski Resort is located. Highway 3A merges onto Highway 6 at Nelson, and the two highways travel west for 21 km (13 mi) along the Kootenay River, passing through the communities of Taghum and Bonnington Falls, to where Highway 3A diverges southwest just west of South Slocan.

From South Slocan, Highway 6 follows the Slocan River north for 79 km (49 mi) to the community of New Denver, where Highway 31A meets Highway 6. 48 km (30 mi) northwest of New Denver, Highway 6 reaches its junction with Highway 23 at the resort community of Nakusp. Highway 6 then turns southwest and proceeds to follow the east bank of the Columbia River for 57 km (35 mi) to Fauquier, on the east shore of Lower Arrow Lake.

From Needles, Highway 6 takes a winding path northwest through the Monashee Mountain range, passing through the community of Cherryville on its exit from the mountains, until it reaches the community of Lumby, 110 km (68 mi) away. Highway 6 then proceeds west on its final 26 km (16 mi) through the town of Coldstream, to its ending at a junction with Highway 97 at Vernon

Highway 23, which is 250 km (155 mi) long, begins in the south at Nakusp, where it meets Highway 6. Highway 23 winds north along the eastern shore of Upper Arrow Lake for 49 km (30 mi) to its junction with Highway 31 at Galena Bay. The Upper Arrow Lakes Ferry continues Highway 23 across the Upper Arrow Lake to a location known as Shelter Bay. North of Shelter Bay, Highway 23 follows the west bank of the Columbia River for 49 km (30 mi) to where it meets the Trans-Canada Highway. Highway 23 follows the Trans-Canada east through the city of Revelstoke for 1 km (about ½ mi), finally turning north after leaving Revelstoke.

North of Revelstoke, Highway 23 entirely follows the east bank of Revelstoke Lake for 151 km (94 mi), past the old townsite of Mica Creek to its northern end at the Mica Dam facility.

Highway 31 is a slightly minor north-south highway through the Selkirk Mountains. The highway first gained its number in 1973, and it is one of the few numbered highways in the province that is not fully paved. Highway 31 has a total distance of 109 miles (175km)— 23 miles (37km) along Kootenay Lake between Balfour (a junction with Highway 3A) and Kaslo (a junction with Highway 31A) and 86 miles (138km) between Kaslo and Galena Bay, where it ends at Highway 23

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