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 Both directions Slushy Sections from British Columbia and Washington Border, South of Rossland to Rossland (11.8 km). Updated Fri Oct 20 at 9:21 am PDT. (ID# 250909)
Highway 3 Both directions Slushy Sections from Eholt Summit to Grand Forks (24.2 km). Updated Fri Oct 20 at 9:05 am PDT. (ID# 250902)
Highway 3 Both directions Slushy Sections 7.5 km east of Christina Lake to Paulson Bridge (16.6 km). Updated Fri Oct 20 at 9:12 am PDT. (ID# 250905)
Highway 3 Both directions Slushy Sections from Paulson Bridge to Junction with Highway 3B at Nancy Greene Lake (23 km). Updated Fri Oct 20 at 9:17 am PDT. (ID# 250906)
Highway 3 Both directions Slushy Sections from Junction with Highway 3B at Nancy Greene Lake to Castlegar (25.6 km). Updated Fri Oct 20 at 9:22 am PDT. (ID# 250910)
Highway 3 Both directions Slushy Sections from Junction with Highway 22, in Castlegar to Meadows (27.4 km). Updated Fri Oct 20 at 9:24 am PDT. (ID# 250911)
Highway 3 Both directions Hwy 3; Canyon Street; east end of the town of Creston; 7:00 am to 5:00 pm Mon-Fri starting Oct 16 through Oct 31. Intermittent single lane alternating traffic; watch for traffic control. Updated on Mon Oct 16 at 2:37 pm PDT. (ID# -66426)
Highway 3 Both directions Compact Snow with Slippery Sections from Junction with Highway 6 to Creston (69.8 km). Updated Fri Oct 20 at 4:58 am PDT. (ID# 250887)
Highway 3 Westbound Rock Scaling at Grand Forks 7:00 am to 4:30 pm daily through Oct 20. Lane closure in effect. Expect minor delays. Updated on Mon Oct 16 at 8:43 am PDT. (ID# -66420)
Highway 31 Both directions Hwy 31; Paving 11 km north of Kaslo; Milford Creek to Marble Head; 7:00 am to 7:00 pm daily: Monday-Sunday; Sep 18 through Oct 25. The road will be reduced to single lane alternating traffic; expect 10 - 20 minute delays; watch for traffic control. Updated on Wed Oct 11 at 1:19 pm PDT. (ID# -65970)
Highway 31 Both directions Maintenance from Kaslo to 15 km north of Kaslo (15 km), 7:00 am to 5:00 pm Mon-Fri through Nov 3. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Updated on Mon Oct 16 at 5:51 am PDT. (ID# -66404)
Highway 3A between Castlegar and Creston Both directions Hwy 3A; construction 18 km west of Nelson; construction at South Slocan Overhead Removal project is ongoing; temporary detour in place; 7:00 am to 6:00 pm Mon-Sat ; Sept 29 through Nov 30; expect minor delays. Updated on Mon Oct 2 at 2:37 pm PDT. (ID# -66265)
Highway 3A between Castlegar and Creston Both directions Hwy 3A; drilling and blasting 10 km west of Nelson at Beasley Bluffs; 7am - 7pm; Monday - Saturday; Sept 25 through Nov 30; expect up to 20 minute delays. Updated on Thu Oct 19 at 1:25 pm PDT. (ID# -66267)
Highway 3B Both directions Slushy Sections 8 km west of Nancy Greene Summit to Rossland (25 km). Updated Fri Oct 20 at 9:19 am PDT. (ID# 250907)
Highway 3B Both directions Slushy Sections from Rossland to Trail (13.9 km). Updated Fri Oct 20 at 9:20 am PDT. (ID# 250908)

Events for Rocky Mountain East Kootenay

Highway 1 Both directions Parks Canada is undertaking roadway rehabilitation and slope stabilization work in Glacier National Park on a 10 km section of highway from the East Boundary to Beaver Bridge, July 4 - late October, Monday - Saturday from 5 a.m. - 7 p.m. Expect speed reductions to 50 km/hour, and delays up to 20 minutes. Traffic control personnel on site. Updated on Fri Sep 15 at 12:57 pm PDT. (ID# -64820)
Highway 1 Both directions Watch for Rocks from Craigellachie to Revelstoke (41.7 km). Updated on Fri Oct 20 at 8:53 am PDT. (ID# 250883)
Highway 1 Both directions Parks Canada is undertaking safety improvements on a 9 km section of highway in Glacier National Park between Hermit and Loop Brook Trailheads, from May 23 - October 31. Working hours 7am-7pm, Mon-Sat. Expect single lane alternating traffic, reduced speed zone and delays up to 20 minutes. Obey traffic control personnel and be prepared to stop. Updated on Tue Oct 17 at 2:59 pm PDT. (ID# -64044)
Highway 1 Both directions Clearing and brushing in Glacier National Park at two locations (east of Rogers Pass and west of the East Gate), 7:00 am to 7:00 pm Mon-Sat through Oct 20. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic with up to 20 minutes delay. Expect lane reductions. Construction speed zone of 30 km/h; please obey all signs and traffic control personnel. Updated on Tue Oct 3 at 8:36 am PDT. (ID# -66282)
Highway 1 Both directions Bridge Maintenance 42.8 km west of Golden 6:00 am to 5:00 pm Mon-Sat through Nov 3. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic with up to 20 minutes delay. Updated on Thu Oct 19 at 8:51 am PDT. (ID# -65938)
Highway 1 Both directions Paving east of Golden between 14 km and 26 km, Monday through Saturday from August 25 to October 14. Lane closures will be in effect. Please obey all flagging personnel and construction signs. Updated on Fri Sep 22 at 10:49 am PDT. (ID# -65727)
Highway 1 Both directions Parks Canada is undertaking pavement rehabilitation on the Trans-Canada Highway in Yoho National Park, 10 km west of Field, September 15 - October 31. Working hours are 6 am - 10 pm MT, seven days per week. Single lane alternating operations in effect and speed reductions to 50km/h with traffic control personnel on site. Occasional stoppages will be required to facilitate vehicle access and egress. Expect delays up to 20 minutes. Be prepared to stop. Updated on Fri Sep 15 at 6:57 am PDT. (ID# -65992)
Highway 1 Both directions Parks Canada is rehabilitating the Ottertail Bridge 9 km west of Field form July 24 to October 31. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained. Expect lane changes, speed reductions to 50 km/hr and delays up to 20 minutes. Updated on Mon Jul 24 at 5:46 am PDT. (ID# -65269)
Highway 1 Both directions Parks Canada is twinning 6 km of highway, from the BC/Alberta border extending 6 km westward. Working hours 6 am to 9 pm, seven days per week, from April 18 until October 31, 2017. Speed reduced to 50 km/h. Expect delays of up to 20 minutes. Be prepared to stop and obey traffic control personnel on site. Updated on Thu Oct 12 at 10:56 am PDT. (ID# -66177)
Highway 1 Eastbound Maintenance 11 km east of Golden to 13 km east of Golden (2 km), through Tue Oct 31 at 5:00 pm. Lane closure in effect. Updated on Sun Oct 1 at 4:47 am PDT. (ID# -66254)
Highway 1 Westbound Bridge Maintenance 2 km west of Field on Highway 1 and Emerald Lake Road until further notice. Speed is reduced to 50 km/hr. Lane closure in effect. Updated on Mon Jul 24 at 12:02 pm PDT. (ID# -65211)
Highway 3 Both directions Bridge Construction 18 km west of Cranbrook at Swansea Bridge 7:00 am to 7:00 pm daily until November 30th. Single lane alternating traffic and traffic control during the work day. The highway has some gravel surface. Expect minor delays. Updated on Wed Aug 23 at 8:11 am PDT. (ID# -65495)
Highway 3 Both directions Maintenance 1.5 km west of Cranbrook 7:00 am to 6:30 pm daily through Oct 28. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Updated on Tue Oct 17 at 1:22 pm PDT. (ID# -66327)
Highway 93 Both directions Parks Canada is undertaking improvements on a 3km section of road at Sinclair Canyon, from May 8 to October 31. Expect occasional minor delays and traffic control personnel on site. Be prepared to stop. Working hours Monday - Saturday. No work on long weekends. No through access to pedestrians. Updated on Fri Jun 30 at 1:59 pm PDT. (ID# -63716)
Highway 93 Both directions Parks Canada Paving on Highway 93S in Kootenay National Park, between the Continental Divide Marble Canyon day use areas, Sept 18 -Oct 31 from 7am-7pm, seven days per week, no work on long weekends. Single lane alternating operations in effect and speed reductions to 50km/h with traffic control personnel on site. Occasional stoppages will be required to facilitate vehicle access and egress. Expect delays of up to 20 minutes in duration. Be prepared to stop. Updated on Fri Oct 13 at 2:08 pm PDT. (ID# -65994)

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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