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 Road will be closed for Avalanche Control in both directions, 30 km West of Creston (Kootenay Pass) for 27 km, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. PDT on Friday April 27. Alternate Route available from Nelson to Creston; Hwy 3A, Kootenay Lake Ferry, Regular travel time 2.5 hours. Possible ferry delays due to heavy traffic. Next Update Friday 6:00 p.m. PDT. Updated on Thu Apr 26 at 1:02 pm PDT. (ID# -68714)
Needles Ferry Both directions Will be closed in both directions at Lower Arrow Lake because of Ferry Out of Service, starting Sat Apr 28 at 10:00 pm through Sun Apr 29 at 1:00 am. Updated on Wed Apr 25 at 5:27 am PDT. (ID# -68586)
Needles Ferry Both directions Road will be closed in both directions at Lower Arrow Lake because of Ferry Out of Service, starting Sun Apr 29 at 10:00 pm through Mon Apr 30 at 1:00 am. Updated on Thu Apr 26 at 1:23 pm PDT. (ID# -68585)
Highway 3 Both directions Bridge Maintenance from Junction with Highway 33, in Rock Creek to 11.5 km east of Junction with Highway 33, in Rock Creek (11.5 km), 8:00 am to 2:30 pm on Thu Apr 26. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Updated on Thu Apr 26 at 6:56 am PDT. (ID# -68699)
Highway 3 Eastbound Tree trimming eastbound between Bombi junction and Salmo 7:30 am to 5:00 pm Mon-Fri starting Apr 16 through Apr 30. The road will be reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Expect delays. Watch for crew and equipment working. Updated on Mon Apr 16 at 2:38 pm PDT. (ID# -68387)
Highway 3A between Castlegar and Creston Both directions Construction on Shoreacres Bridge beginning on Wednesday April 11 and completing in late June. The bridge will have single lane alternating traffic in effect. Expect delays. Watch for crews and equipment working. Updated on Tue Apr 10 at 11:15 pm PDT. (ID# -68208)
Highway 3A between Castlegar and Creston Both directions Construction 10 km west of Nelson at Beasley Bluffs; 8:00 am to 5:00 pm daily starting March 21 through May 31. Expect minor delays. Watch for crews and equipment working. Updated on Wed Apr 18 at 1:21 pm PDT. (ID# -68047)
Highway 3A between Castlegar and Creston Both directions Construction 12 km west of Nelson at South Slocan overhead; 7:00 am to 6:00 pm daily starting Mar 21 through May 31. Expect minor delays. Watch for traffic control and equipment working. Updated on Sun Mar 25 at 9:36 am PDT. (ID# -68050)
Highway 3A between Castlegar and Creston Westbound Water main upgrade from Upper Balfour Road to Balfour; 7:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday - Friday; March 15 through May 1; road reduced to single lane alternating traffic; watch for crews and equipment working. Updated on Thu Apr 5 at 3:45 pm PDT. (ID# -67909)
Highway 6NS Both directions Debris on Road 1 km south of Enterprise Creek. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Updated on Thu Apr 26 at 12:17 pm PDT. (ID# 283324)
Kootenay Lake Ferry Both directions April 18th to April 27th Kootenay Lake Ferries Temporary Service Changes in effect. MV Osprey 2000 operating with reduced capacity. Potential for increased wait times during busy sailings. Next update: Friday, April 27 at 3:00 pm. Updated on Thu Apr 26 at 2:25 pm PDT. (ID# -68577)
Needles Ferry Both directions Ferry Service Interruption at the Needles Ferry due to repairs while in service April 20 to April 28th each day from 5:00 AM to 10:00 PM. Travelers should expect delays and prepare for 15 - 30 minute waits at the ferry landing. Updated on Fri Apr 20 at 5:44 am PDT. (ID# -68532)

Events for Rocky Mountain East Kootenay

Highway 1 Both directions Avalanche control planned in both directions from the west side of Glacier national Park to the East side of Glacier national Park. From 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM PST on Thursday April 26, 2018. 1 to 2 hour closures are expected. Updated on Wed Apr 25 at 3:25 pm PDT. (ID# -68689)
Highway 1 Both directions Will be closed in both directions from British Columbia and Alberta Border, East of Field to the chain up area up area in Yoho National Park because of Avalanche Control, 4:00 pm to 4:45 pm MDT on Thu Apr 26. Updated on Thu Apr 26 at 7:14 am PDT. (ID# -68700)
Highway 1 Both directions Bridge Maintenance 17 km west of Revelstoke 7:00 am to 4:30 pm on Fri Apr 27. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Updated on Thu Apr 26 at 11:18 am PDT. (ID# -68712)
Highway 1 Both directions Fallen rock from Craigellachie to Revelstoke (41.7 km). Updated on Thu Apr 26 at 11:32 am PDT. (ID# 283313)
Highway 1 Both directions Construction 42 km east of Revelstoke 7:00 am to 6:00 pm daily through Apr 30. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic with up to 20 minutes delay. Updated on Thu Apr 12 at 9:36 am PDT. (ID# -68254)
Highway 1 Both directions Watch for rocks on road from Revelstoke to West Boundary of Glacier National Park (48.1 km). Updated on Thu Apr 26 at 11:32 am PDT. (ID# 283317)
Highway 1 Both directions Watch for rocks on road from West Boundary of Glacier National Park to East Boundary of Glacier National Park (43.8 km). Updated on Thu Apr 26 at 12:05 pm PDT. (ID# 283318)
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 15 km west of Golden 8:00 am to 4:00 pm on Thu Apr 26. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Updated on Thu Apr 26 at 7:04 am PDT. (ID# -68695)
Highway 1 Both directions Bridge Maintenance Highway 1 Both directions - Bridge Maintenance 9 km west of Field 6:00 am to 10:00 pm daily through Jul 31. Expect speed reductions, lane changes and reductions and delays up to 20 minutes. Updated on Fri Apr 20 at 11:56 am PDT. (ID# -68079)
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 delays of up to 30 minutes to accommodate blasting. Scheduled delays up to 90 minutes will be posted on Drive BC. Reduced speed zones in effect. Be prepared to stop. Watch for hauling truck traffic and obey all signs and traffic control personnel. Updated on Mon Apr 23 at 9:39 am PDT. (ID# -68582)
Highway 23 Both directions Watch for fallen rock on road at Mica Dam Hill. Updated on Thu Apr 26 at 12:00 pm PDT. (ID# 283346)
Highway 23 Southbound Southbound lane closed at 42-mile (82km north of Revelstoke) due to uneven lane settlement. Reduce speed through site. Southbound traffic to yield to Northbound traffic. Updated on Thu Apr 26 at 11:32 am PDT. (ID# 283294)
Highway 3 Both directions Construction 2 km west of Moyie for the Moyie CPR Wall starting Mon Apr 16 at 12:01 am through Sat Jun 30 at 11:59 pm. The road will be reduced to single lane alternating, traffic lights will be in effect 24/7 expect delays. Please obey all signs and slow down. Updated on Thu Apr 12 at 9:10 am PDT. (ID# -68386)
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 95 Both directions Sweeping from Edgewater Road to Brisco (19.8 km), 6:30 am to 6:30 pm on Thu Apr 26. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Updated on Thu Apr 26 at 6:20 am PDT. (ID# -68696)

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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