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 Hwy 3: Hot-in-place recycling; Rock Creek to Danshin Village Road; 7:00 am to 7:00 pm Mon-Sat starting Aug 17 through Oct 5; watch for traffic control; please use caution; obey construction zone speed limits.Updated on Mon Aug 21 at 12:07 pm PDT. (ID# -65672)
Highway 3 Both directions Hwy 3; waterline maintenance at City of Greenwood 6:30 am to 7:00 pm Mon-Fri starting Aug 21 through Aug 30. The road will be reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Watch for traffic control.Updated on Tue Aug 22 at 9:34 am PDT. (ID# -65687)
Highway 3 Both directions Culvert repair/replacement on Hwy 3 (Greenwood Street) in Greenwood 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Mon-Sat until August 25th. Road will be reduced to single-lane alternating traffic; Expect minor delays.(ID# -65372)
Highway 3 Both directions Hwy 3; maintenance in Creston; Canyon St. between Sunset Blvd. and 10th Ave N; 6:00 am to 5:00 pm Mon-Fri; Aug 23 to Sep 30; single lane alternating traffic; expect minor delays. Updated on Tue Aug 22 at 2:39 pm PDT. (ID# -65693)
Highway 31 Northbound Hwy 31; rockslope stabilization 18 km north of Kaslo at Markins Bluff: Wed Aug 9 to Thurs Aug 31; Monday thru Saturday 5:00 am to 3:00 pm daily; road will be reduced to single lane alternating traffic; expect delays. Updated on Wed Aug 9 at 2:54 pm PDT. (ID# -65492)
Highway 3A between Castlegar and Creston Both directions Maintenance 5.1 km east of Junction with Highway 6, northbound 9:00 am to 2:00 pm daily on Aug 23. The road will be reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Updated on Tue Aug 22 at 7:30 am PDT. (ID# -65678)
Highway 3A between Castlegar and Creston Both directions Hwy 3A; construction 18 km west of Nelson; temporary detour in place; 7:00 am to 6:00 pm Mon-Sat ; Jun 5 through Sep 30; expect minor delays. Updated on Thu Aug 3 at 10:28 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)

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 - Friday 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 Wed Aug 2 at 3:36 pm PDT. (ID# -64820)
Highway 1 Both directions Travel Advisory. Limited Visibility due to smoke from Prairie Hill Fire at East Boundary of Glacier National Park. Travellers are advised to reduce speed through area. Highway closures may be required depending on fire behaviour. Next update 12:00 PM Wednesday, Aug 23. Updated on Wed Aug 23 at 4:10 am PDT. (ID# 249876)
Highway 93 Both directions A travel advisory is in effect for Highway 93 South from Castle Junction to Radium. Fire fighters will be working adjacent to the highway and reduced speed zones will be in place. Drivers should anticipate possible delays. Updated on Wed Aug 23 at 4:10 am PDT. (ID# 249843)
Highway 1 Both directions Watch for rocks on Road from Craigellachie to Revelstoke (41.7 km). Updated on Wed Aug 23 at 6:26 am PDT. (ID# 249733)
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 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 No lights inside Rogers Pass snowsheds due to construction, from August 9-30. Motorists should exercise caution and drive to posted speed limit. Updated on Wed Aug 9 at 11:09 am PDT. (ID# -65540)
Highway 1 Both directions Parks Canada is undertaking column repairs inside Tupper 2 and Tupper Timber snow sheds, 6 km east of Rogers Pass Summit in Glacier National Park, from August 9 until October 17. Working hours 7am-10pm, Mon-Sat. Expect traffic pattern changes, speed reduction to 30 km and occasional delays up to 20 minutes. Be prepared to stop. No work on long weekends. Updated on Wed Aug 9 at 2:52 pm PDT. (ID# -65513)
Highway 1 Both directions Parks Canada is installing barriers inside Tupper 2 and Tupper Timber snow sheds, 6 km east of Rogers Pass Summit in Glacier National Park, from 6:00 pm to 4:00 am daily starting Aug 28 through Aug 31. Expect single lane alternating traffic, speed reduction to 30 km and 20 minutes delays. Be prepared to stop. Updated on Mon Aug 21 at 2:47 pm PDT. (ID# -65677)
Highway 1 Both directions Parks Canada is installing barriers inside Tupper 2 and Tupper Timber snow sheds, 6 km east of Rogers Pass Summit in Glacier National Park, from Tue Aug 22 at 6:00 pm through Thurs. Aug 24th at 4:00 am. Expect single lane alternating traffic, speed reduction to 30 km and 20 minute delays. Be prepared to stop. Updated on Tue Aug 22 at 7:06 pm PDT. (ID# -65676)
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 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 to accommodate rock blasting. Updated on Fri Jul 21 at 9:50 am PDT. (ID# -63167)
Highway 1 Eastbound Maintenance 11 km east of Golden to 13 km east of Golden (2 km), 5:00 am to 10:30 pm (6:00 am to 11:30 pm MST) daily starting Sep 5 through Sep 30. Lane closure will be in effect. Updated on Wed Aug 16 at 7:56 pm PDT. (ID# -65622)
Highway 1 Eastbound Maintenance 11 km east of Golden to 13 km east of Golden (2 km), 6:00 am to 6:00 pm (7:00 am to 7:00 pm MST) daily starting Aug 28 through Aug 31. Lane closure will be in effect. Updated on Wed Aug 16 at 7:56 pm PDT. (ID# -65621)
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 starting Aug 4 through Nov 30. Bridge reduced to single lane alternating traffic, obey all traffic signs and speed zones. Next update August 23, 2017 at 7:00 AM. Updated on Tue Aug 22 at 9:47 pm PDT. (ID# -65495)
Highway 31 Both directions Bridge Maintenance 13 km north of Trout Lake 7:00 am to 2:00 pm on Wed Aug 23. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic with up to 20 minutes delay. Updated on Tue Aug 22 at 7:04 am PDT. (ID# -65646)
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)

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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