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 3 Both Directions Closed in both directions 20 km west of Creston due to debris and heavy smoke because Forest Fire. No estimated time of opening. Next Update at 9:00 AM. Updated on Thu Aug 16 at 9:26 pm PDT. (ID# 284038)
Highway 21 Both Directions Fortis maintenance 2 km south of Creston, at Simon Rd. 8:00 am to 3:00 pm on Friday Aug 17. The road will be reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Updated on Tue Aug 14 at 2:24 pm PDT. (ID# -70869)
Highway 3 Both Directions Fortis upgrades at Nicks Island Road west of Creston 8:30 am to 2:00 pm Monday Aug 20. The road will be reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Watch for traffic control. Updated on Tue Aug 14 at 2:39 pm PDT. (ID# -70871)
Highway 3 Both Directions Paving 2 km east of Creston to Junction Hwy 95. 7:00 am to 7:00 pm Mon-Sat starting July 19 through Sep 28. The road will be reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Caution, uneven pavement. Expect minor delays. Updated on Thu Jul 19 at 6:05 am PDT. (ID# -70476)
Highway 3 Both Directions Erie Creek Bridge, on Hwy 3 near Salmo, will be restricted to single lane traffic 24 hours per day starting July 8 until September 5. Updated on Thu Aug 16 at 6:44 am PDT. (ID# -70277)
Highway 3A Both Directions Ditching from Brilliant to 20 km west of Nelson (18.3 km), through Thu Aug 16 at 5:00 pm. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Updated on Wed Aug 15 at 8:43 am PDT. (ID# -70882)
Highway 6 EW Both Directions Applegrove Road, in Fauquier, just off Hwy 6 will be closed for bridge construction starting Jun 27 through Oct 19. Detour via lower Fauquier Road. Updated on Wed Jun 27 at 8:36 am PDT. (ID# -70125)
Needles Ferry Both Directions Needles ferry will be closed in both directions at Lower Arrow Lake due to ferry maintenance, between 6:30 am and 8:30 am on Sun Aug 19. Updated on Wed Aug 8 at 4:18 pm PDT. (ID# -70794)

Events for Rocky Mountain East Kootenay

Highway 1 Both Directions Highway 1 Both Directions - Rock Scaling: Yoho National Park, 8 km west of the AB/BC border. Work will be underway 24/7 from April 23 to November 15. Expect minor delays. Reduced speed zones in effect. Be prepared to stop. Watch for hauling truck traffic and obey all signs and traffic control personnel. Updated on Wed Jun 27 at 9:34 am PDT. (ID# -68582)
Highway 93 Both Directions Travel advisory in effect for Highway 93 from Castle Junction to Radium Hot Springs. Smoke from the wildfire is affecting visibility for drivers. Travel is recommended between 7 AM and 2 PM MDT. Highway may be closed anytime without advanced notice to ensure safety for motorists. Drivers should anticipate reduced speed and possible delays. Drivers may take Highway 1 and 95 through Golden BC as alternate route. Updated on Fri Aug 17 at 2:05 am PDT. (ID# 283998)
Highway 1 Both Directions Maintenance 10.6 km west of Revelstoke starting at 5:30 am on Fri Aug 17. Lane closure for drain cleaning in effect. Updated on Thu Aug 16 at 2:47 pm PDT. (ID# -70904)
Highway 1 Both Directions Parks Canada is completing highway twinning and associated works in Yoho National Park from the AB/BC border, continuing west for 6 km until the end of November. Working hours are 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM daily. Expect speed reductions, occasional lane closures and delays up to 20 minutes. Please obey flagging personnel. Updated on Mon Aug 13 at 8:58 am PDT. (ID# -70842)
Highway 1 Both Directions Paving from East Boundary of Glacier National Park to 25 km west of Golden (30.9 km), evenings from 7:00 pm to 7:00 am MDT starting Aug 7 through Sep 14. Lane closures and SLAT with 20 minute delays. Motorcyclists use caution on milled pavement surfaces. Please obey all signage and traffic control personnel. Updated on Wed Aug 8 at 2:10 am PDT. (ID# -70769)
Highway 1 Both Directions Parks Canada is constructing an avalanche holding area near the eastern border of Glacier National Park. Work will be underway 7:00 am to 7:00 pm Mon-Sat Until October. Most work will occur off highway, but occasional lane closures and temporary detour roads may be in effect. Speed reduction to 50 km per hour. Updated on Mon Jul 23 at 8:26 am PDT. (ID# -70560)
Highway 1 Both Directions Parks Canada is undertaking snowshed column repairs east of Rogers Pass in both east and westbound lanes daily until October 31. The work is 6:00 am to 10:00 pm Mon-Sat. There is no work on long weekends. Expect speed reduction to 30 km/hr. Lane width reductions in effect: 4.8m WB until August 31; 4.5m lane width EB from June 4th to August 31. Expect single lane traffic 24/7 and delays up to 20 minutes. Updated on Tue Jun 5 at 9:00 am PDT. (ID# -69472)
Highway 1 Both Directions Parks Canada is undertaking road safety improvements in IIllecillewaet Curve, and pavement repairs in various locations in Glacier National Park until October 12. Working hours are 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily. No work near IIllecillewaet Campground on Sundays. Expect speed reductions and delays up to 20 minutes. Be prepared to stop. No work on long weekends. . Updated on Thu May 24 at 12:28 pm PDT. (ID# -69341)
Highway 1 Both Directions Electrical Maintenance 45 km east of Revelstoke to 48 km east of Revelstoke (3 km), 7:00 pm to 9:00 am daily through Oct 31. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Updated on Fri May 25 at 12:00 am PDT. (ID# -69299)
Highway 1 Both Directions Bridge rehabilitation 45 km west of Golden 7:00 am to 5:00 pm MT Mon-Sat starting Apr 25 through Oct 31. Expected delays of up to 20 minutes. Updated on Wed Apr 25 at 12:33 pm PDT. (ID# -68682)
Highway 1 Both Directions Construction 20 km west of Golden from April 17 through to November 30. 7:00 am to 7:00 pm MT Monday through Saturday. Drivers may experience minor delays. Drivers are advised to watch for traffic control personnel and obey all signage through the construction zone. Updated on Tue Apr 17 at 3:14 pm PDT. (ID# -68503)
Highway 1 Both Directions Bridge Maintenance 9 km west of Field 24/7 through Aug 31. Expect speed reductions, lane changes and reductions and delays up to 20 minutes. Updated on Mon Aug 13 at 8:44 am PDT. (ID# -68079)
Highway 1 Both Directions Debris clean up 1 km east of Field. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Expect delays. Updated on Thu Aug 16 at 10:07 pm PDT. (ID# 283960)
Highway 23 Both Directions Maintenance 82 km north of Revelstoke until further notice. There is a southbound lane closure reducing the road to single lane alternating traffic. Updated on Wed Aug 1 at 7:56 am PDT. (ID# -70694)
Highway 3 Both Directions Paving from Goatfel to 3 km east of Yahk (12.3 km), 7:00 am to 7:00 pm Mon-Sat through Sep 28. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Caution uneven pavement and milled surfaces. Expect minor delays. Updated on Fri Jul 20 at 10:43 am PDT. (ID# -70545)
Highway 3 Both Directions Construction of District of Sparwood Middletown Crossing Project at Junction with Highway 43 7:00 am to 7:00 pm Mon-Sat through Sep 30. Speed is reduced to 50 km in construction zone for duration of the project. Traffic pattern changes including lane width reduction and shoulder removal. Please watch for crews, equipment and flaggers. Expect minor delays. Intermittent single lane alternating traffic during construction hours. Updated on Mon Aug 6 at 1:48 pm PDT. (ID# -69439)
Highway 3 Both Directions Maintenance 7.5 km west of Elko until further notice. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Updated on Wed Mar 7 at 11:03 am PST. (ID# -67817)
Highway 93 Both Directions Parks Canada is replacing the Haffner Creek bridge near Marble Canyon June 4 - October 31. Work underway 7am-7pm Monday - Saturday. A 2way detour bridge will be installed. Expect speed reduction to 30 km/hr and possible delays up to 20 minutes. Updated on Mon Jun 4 at 9:48 am PDT. (ID# -69576)
Highway 93 Both Directions Paving and culvert replacements from West boundary of Kootenay National Park to British Columbia and Alberta border (96 km), 7:00 am to 7:00 pm Mon-Sat through Oct 31. The road will be reduced to single lane alternating traffic with up to 20 minutes delay. Updated on Tue Jul 3 at 8:41 am PDT. (ID# -69445)
Upper Arrow Lake Ferry Both Directions Fueling of the M/V Columbia will cause ferry service delays of up to 30 minutes at Upper Arrow Lake between 6:00 am and 11 am every Thursday starting Aug 9 until further notice. Updated on Wed Aug 8 at 2:50 pm PDT. (ID# -70788)

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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