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 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 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)
Highway 31A Both directions Maintenance 7.5 km east of New Denver 7:00 am to 4:00 pm Mon-Thu through Jun 29. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic Motorcycles use caution watch for loose gravel. Updated on Fri Jun 23 at 9:00 am PDT. (ID# -64813)
Highway 33 Both directions Maintenance from Beaverdell to McColloch Road (41.8 km), 8:30 am to 2:30 pm on Thu Jun 29. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Updated on Thu Jun 29 at 8:51 am PDT. (ID# -64925)
Highway 3A between Castlegar and Creston Both directions Relkoff Rd & Broadwater Rd at Pass Creek Fair Grounds: Kootenay Country Music Festival; traffic may be slow on Broadwater Rd, watch for pedestrians; Sat July 1 9:00 am through Sun July 2 11:30 pm. Updated on Wed Jun 28 at 4:26 pm PDT. (ID# -64914)
Highway 3A between Castlegar and Creston Both directions Hwy 3A; construction 18 km west of Nelson 7:00 am to 6:00 pm Mon-Sat ; Jun 5 through Sep 30; expect minor delays. Updated on Mon Jun 5 at 10:16 am PDT. (ID# -64371)
Highway 3A between Castlegar and Creston Both directions Hwy 3A; construction 10 km west of Nelson 7:00 am to 6:00 pm Mon-Sat ; Jun 5 through Sep 30; expect minor delays. Updated on Mon Jun 5 at 10:20 am PDT. (ID# -64369)
Highway 6NS Both directions Hwy 6; Appledale to Nakusp; tree trimming on right of way; 7:00 am to 5:00 pm; Mon-Fri starting Jun 26 through Jul 24; single lane alternating traffic; reduce speed; watch for traffic control. Updated on Mon Jun 26 at 6:08 am PDT. (ID# -64732)
Highway 6NS Both directions Construction from New Denver to Silverton; starting Tue July 4 at 7:00 am through Sat July 15; road reduced to single lane alternating traffic; expect minor delays. Updated on Mon Jun 26 at 3:52 pm PDT. (ID# -64856)
Highway 6NS Both directions Hwy 6; paving from Slocan Village to New Denver (30.9 km): 7:00 am to 7:00 pm Mon-Sat starting Jun 5 through July 31. The road will be reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Expect minor delays. Updated on Mon Jun 5 at 6:10 am PDT. (ID# -64288)
Highway 6NS Northbound Construction from New Denver to Silverton: June 26 - June 30 at noon; road reduced to single lane alternating traffic; expect minor delays. Updated on Mon Jun 26 at 4:03 pm PDT. (ID# -64850)

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, June 26 - late October, Monday - Saturday from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. Expect speed reductions to 50 km/hour, and delays up to 20 minutes. Traffic control personnel on site. Occasional full closures of up to 20 minutes required to facilitate the scaling and blasting work. Updated on Mon Jun 26 at 6:07 am PDT. (ID# -64820)
Highway 1 Both directions Parks Canada is undertaking paving rehabilitation in Yoho National Park, located 10 km east of the park boundary, from June 25 - 29, 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily. Expect single lane alternating traffic, speed reductions to 50 km/hr and delays up to 20 minutes. Traffic personnel on site. Updated on Sun Jun 25 at 2:53 pm PDT. (ID# -64815)
Highway 1 Both directions Rock slope re-profiling in Yoho National Park, 16 km west of Field, 24 hours per day/7 days per week until June 30. Expect intermittent delays of up to 20 minutes. Longer closures of up to 60 minutes for rock blasting will be posted in advance. Reduced speed zone in effect. Be prepared to stop. Watch for hauling truck traffic and obey all signs and traffic control personnel. Updated on Fri Apr 21 at 12:17 pm PDT. (ID# -63132)
Highway 93 Both directions Parks Canada is undertaking road safety improvements on Highway 93S, from 2 km south of Marble Canyon to 3 km north of Vermillion Crossing (14 km), from May 23 - July 15. Expect single lane alternating traffic, speed reduction to 50 km/h, and delays of up to 20 minutes. Traffic control personnel on site. Updated on Fri Jun 23 at 10:14 am PDT. (ID# -64004)
Highway 1 Both directions Watch for rocks on Road from Craigellachie to Revelstoke (41.7 km). Updated on Thu Jun 29 at 6:07 am PDT. (ID# 249169)
Highway 1 Both directions Parks Canada is installing snow nets 12 km east of West Boundary of Glacier National Park, from June 12 to August 31. Working hours are 7:00 am to 5:00 pm Mon-Sat. Expect occasional delays up to 20 minutes. Obey traffic control personnel and be prepared to stop.Updated on Mon Jun 12 at 6:31 am PDT. (ID# -64462)
Highway 1 Both directions Smoke in area at Rogers Pass Summit in Glacier National Park due to burning of wood debris. Burning is 24 hrs per day/7 days per week, June 7 to July 22. No burning over Canada Day long weekend. Updated on Wed Jun 28 at 8:34 am PDT. (ID# -64901)
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 May 23 at 10:21 am PDT. (ID# -64044)
Highway 1 Both directions Parks Canada is installing LED lights in Lens snowshed, 4 km east of Rogers Pass Summit in Glacier National Park from June 14 through October 13. Working hours 7:00 am to 5:30 pm Mon-Thurs. Expect traffic pattern change and 30km/hr. speed zone with occasional delays up to 20 minutes. Obey traffic control personnel and be prepared to stop. Updated on Wed Jun 14 at 7:39 am PDT. (ID# -64461)
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 a week, from April 18 until September 23, 2017. Speed reduced to 60 km/h in work zones and 50 km/h on paved detours. Expect delays of up to 20 minutes. Be prepared to stop and obey traffic control personnel on site. Expect full closures between 3:30 to 4 p.m. daily until June 29 to accommodate rock blasting. Updated on Fri Jun 16 at 7:58 am PDT. (ID# -63167)
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 43 Both directions Mowing from Junction with Highway 3 to Elkford (34.7 km), 7:00 am to 7:00 pm on Thu Jun 29. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Updated on Thu Jun 29 at 4:24 am PDT. (ID# -64916)
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 7:00 am -7:00 pm, Monday - Friday. Updated on Mon May 8 at 2:26 pm PDT. (ID# -63716)
Highway 93 Both directions Construction at Vermillion Crossing 7:00 am to 7:00 pm daily through Jun 29. Updated on Mon Jun 26 at 6:07 am PDT. (ID# -64816)
Highway 93 Both directions Maintenance at Vermillion Crossing through Fri Jun 30 at 10:00 pm. Updated on Tue May 23 at 4:03 am PDT. (ID# -64003)
Highway 93 Both directions Parks Canada is undertaking improvements on a 10 km section of road between the BC/Alberta border and Marble Canyon, from May 1 until June 29. Single lane alternating traffic in effect, with delays up to 20 minutes. Working hours 7:00 am - 7:00 pm, Monday - Saturday. No work on Sunday, statutory holidays and long weekends (7:00 pm Thursday before the weekend until Tuesday 7:00 am after the weekend). Updated on Fri Jun 16 at 9:00 am PDT. (ID# -64654)

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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