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

Needles Ferry Both Directions Needles Ferry, in both directions. There will be required maintenance at Needles Ferry (Needles). Starting Sun Dec 8 at 10:00 AM PST until Sun Dec 8 at 12:00 PM PST. We regret any inconvenience this may cause our passengers. Next update time Sun Dec 8 at 12:00 PM PST. Last updated Wed Dec 4 at 3:31 PM PST. (DBC-13919)
Highway 23 Highway 23. Compact snow between Highway 6 EW; Highway 6 NS; Junction Hwy 6 and Upper Arrow Lake Ferry for 46.8 km (Nakusp). Last updated Fri Dec 6 at 6:57 AM PST. (DBCRCON-39115)
Highway 3 Highway 3. Watch for slippery sections between Ravenhill Rd; Nine Mile Pl; Nine Mile Place Rd and Queen St for 27.7 km (20 km east of Osoyoos to Rock Creek). Fog patches. Last updated Fri Dec 6 at 7:00 AM PST. (DBCRCON-39377)
Highway 3 Highway 3. Watch for slippery sections between Highway 33; Junction Hwy 33 and Boundary Creek Rd; Boundary Cr Rd for 36.1 km (Rock Creek to 1 km east of Greenwood). Last updated Fri Dec 6 at 7:00 AM PST. (DBCRCON-39379)
Highway 3 Highway 3. Watch for slippery sections between Gowrie St and Wilgress Lake Rest Area for 12.7 km (1 km east of Greenwood to 2 km west of Eholt Summit). Fog patches. Last updated Fri Dec 6 at 7:00 AM PST. (DBCRCON-39378)
Highway 3 Highway 3. Slushy with slippery sections between Wilgress Lake Rest Area and Granby Rd; Granby Rd for 26.0 km (2 km west of Eholt Summit to Grand Forks). Last updated Fri Dec 6 at 6:58 AM PST. (DBCRCON-39395)
Highway 3 Highway 3. Slushy with slippery sections between Sunset Dr and Shields Creek FSR for 39.8 km (Christina Lake to 24 km west of Castlegar). Last updated Fri Dec 6 at 6:58 AM PST. (DBCRCON-39396)
Highway 3 Highway 3. Compact snow between Highway 3B; Highway 3B and Meadows Rd for 53.7 km (24 km west of Castlegar to 10 km west of Salmo). Last updated Fri Dec 6 at 6:58 AM PST. (DBCRCON-39439)
Highway 3 Highway 3. Watch for slippery sections between Tailings Rd and Cook St for 68.9 km (14 km east of Salmo to Creston). Compact snow. Last updated Fri Dec 6 at 6:55 AM PST. (DBCRCON-39079)
Highway 3 Highway 3. Winter driving conditions between Wright Rd and Tavistock St for 41.2 km (5 km west of Curzon Junction to Moyie). Slushy sections. Fog patches. Water pooling. Last updated Fri Dec 6 at 3:59 AM PST. (DBCRCON-39064)
Highway 31 Highway 31. Slushy sections between Highway 3A; Balfour and 7th St for 35.9 km (Balfour to Kaslo). Last updated Fri Dec 6 at 6:57 AM PST. (DBCRCON-39429)
Highway 31 Highway 31. Watch for slippery sections between Highway 31A; Kaslo and Goat Range Provincial Pk for 81.4 km (Kaslo to 25 km south of Trout Lake). Compact snow. Last updated Fri Dec 6 at 6:55 AM PST. (DBCRCON-39430)
Highway 31 Highway 31. Compact snow between Goat Range Provincial Pk and Highway 23; Junction Hwy 23 for 57.5 km (Trout Lake). Last updated Fri Dec 6 at 6:56 AM PST. (DBCRCON-38721)
Highway 31A Highway 31A. Slushy with slippery sections between Highway 6 NS; Junction Hwy 6NS and Rossiter Creek FSR for 19.6 km (New Denver to 1 km east of Retallack). Last updated Fri Dec 6 at 6:56 AM PST. (DBCRCON-39373)
Highway 31A Highway 31A. Watch for slippery sections between Stenson Creek FSR; Stenson Creek FSR and Highway 31; Junction Hwy 31 for 27.0 km (1 km east of Retallack to Kaslo). Compact snow. Last updated Fri Dec 6 at 6:55 AM PST. (DBCRCON-39374)
Highway 33 Highway 33. Watch for slippery sections between Highway 3; Junction Hwy 3 and McCulloch Lake Rd; McCulloch Rd for 89.6 km (Rock Creek to 30 km south of Kelowna). Last updated Fri Dec 6 at 7:00 AM PST. (DBCRCON-39441)
Highway 3A Highway 3A. Watch for slippery sections between Brilliant Powerplant Rd and Kootenay Lake Ferry for 70.7 km (1 km east of Brilliant to Balfour). Last updated Fri Dec 6 at 6:57 AM PST. (DBCRCON-39363)
Highway 3A Highway 3A. Watch for slippery sections between Kootenay Lake Ferry and Highway 3; Junction Hwy 3 for 78.0 km (1 km north of Kootenay Bay Ferry Landing in Crawford Bay to Creston). Last updated Fri Dec 6 at 6:57 AM PST. (DBCRCON-39400)
Highway 3B Highway 3B. Compact snow between Highway 22 Jct W and Highway 3; Highway 3 Jct W for 28.2 km (Rossland to 8 km north of Nancy Greene Summit). Last updated Fri Dec 6 at 6:58 AM PST. (DBCRCON-39440)
Highway 6 EW Highway 6 EW. Compact snow between Needles Ferry; Needles Ferry and Highway 23; Highway 6 NS; Junction Hwy 23 for 59.2 km (Needles to Nakusp). Last updated Fri Dec 6 at 6:57 AM PST. (DBCRCON-39116)
Highway 6 NS Highway 6 NS. Compact snow between Highway 23; Highway 6 EW; Junction Hwy 23 and Summit Lake Rd for 20.3 km (Nakusp to Summit Lake). Last updated Fri Dec 6 at 6:57 AM PST. (DBCRCON-39375)
Highway 6 NS Highway 6 NS. Slushy with slippery sections between Summit Lake Rd and Gravel Pit Rd for 59.2 km (Summit Lake to 2 km south of Slocan). Last updated Fri Dec 6 at 6:55 AM PST. (DBCRCON-39376)
Highway 6 NS Highway 6 NS. Watch for slippery sections between Gravel Pit Rd and Highway 3A; Junction Hwy 3A for 45.3 km (2 km south of Slocan to Playmor Junction). Last updated Fri Dec 6 at 6:58 AM PST. (DBCRCON-39364)
Highway 6 NS Highway 6 NS. Watch for slippery sections between Highway 3A and Spruce St for 28.3 km (Nelson to 11 km north of Salmo). Last updated Fri Dec 6 at 6:57 AM PST. (DBCRCON-39372)

Events for Rocky Mountain East Kootenay

Highway 1 Both Directions Highway 1, in both directions. Vehicle incident at Albert Canyon Rd (4 km east of East Boundary of Mount Revelstoke National Park). Road closed. Assessment in progress. Detour not available. Estimated time of re-opening Fri Dec 6 at 2:00 PM PST. Next update time Fri Dec 6 at 12:00 PM PST. Last updated Fri Dec 6 at 7:59 AM PST. (DBC-13946)
Highway 1 Both Directions Highway 1, in both directions. Avalanche control work planned between Glacier National Park West Boundary and Beaver Valley Rd for 32.0 km (11 km east of Rogers Pass Summit to 1 km east of West Boundary of Glacier National Park). Starting Fri Dec 6 at 10:00 AM PST until Fri Dec 6 at 2:00 PM PST. Next update time Fri Dec 6 at 1:30 PM PST. Last updated Fri Dec 6 at 9:18 AM PST. (DBC-13952)
Highway 1 Highway 1. Watch for slippery sections between Glacier National Park East Boundary and West Boundary of Yoho National Park for 81.6 km (East Boundary of Glacier National Park to 1 km west of West Boundary of Yoho National Park). Compact snow. Last updated Fri Dec 6 at 4:07 AM PST. (DBCRCON-39306)
Highway 1 Highway 1. Compact ice between Beaverfoot Rd and BC/Alberta Border for 45.7 km (1 km west of West Boundary of Yoho National Park to 16 km east of Field). Watch for slippery sections. Compact snow. Last updated Fri Dec 6 at 7:51 AM MST. (DBCRCON-39420)
Highway 23 Highway 23. Watch for slippery sections between Upper Arrow Lake Ferry and Highway 1 for 49.0 km (Revelstoke). Last updated Fri Dec 6 at 4:07 AM PST. (DBCRCON-39247)
Highway 23 Highway 23. Limited visibility with snow between Highway 1 and End of Route for 150.1 km (Revelstoke to 5 km north of Mica Dam). Watch for slippery sections. Compact snow. Last updated Fri Dec 6 at 4:07 AM PST. (DBCRCON-39262)
Highway 3 Highway 3. Winter driving conditions between Sunrise Rd and 4th St for 127.6 km (Moyie to Fernie). Watch for slippery sections. Last updated Fri Dec 6 at 7:10 AM MST. (DBCRCON-39403)
Highway 3 Highway 3. Bridge construction at Lizard Creek Bridge (3 km west of Fernie). Lizard Crk Bridge work is in Winter Shutdown - Temporary detour in effect 7 days a week with no expected delays. Slow down and obey all traffic signs. Last updated Mon Dec 2 at 3:22 PM MST. (DBC-13865)
Highway 3 Highway 3. Winter driving conditions between Riverside Dr and BC/AB Border for 50.2 km (Fernie to British Columbia and Alberta Border). Last updated Fri Dec 6 at 6:54 AM MST. (DBCRCON-39402)
Highway 43 Highway 43. Winter driving conditions between Highway 3 and Fording Mine Rd; Alpine Way for 33.7 km (Sparwood to Elkford). Last updated Fri Dec 6 at 6:54 AM MST. (DBCRCON-38309)
Highway 93 Highway 93. Winter driving conditions between BC/US Border and Highway 3 for 36.7 km (British Columbia and Montana Border to 25 km north of Grasmere). Watch for slippery sections. Last updated Fri Dec 6 at 6:51 AM MST. (DBCRCON-38304)
Highway 93 Highway 93. Winter driving conditions between Highway 3 and Stanley St for 133.8 km (7 km south of Fort Steele to Radium Hot Springs). Last updated Fri Dec 6 at 6:18 AM MST. (DBCRCON-39071)
Highway 93 Highway 93. Watch for slippery sections between Stanley St and the end of Highway 93 for 94.4 km (Radium Hot Springs to British Columbia and Alberta Border). Compact snow. Last updated Thu Dec 5 at 9:31 PM MST. (DBCRCON-38853)
Highway 93 Highway 93. Construction work at West Boundary of Kootenay National Park (1 km north of Radium Hot Springs). Until Tue Mar 31, 2020 at 7:00 PM MST. Culvert liner installation near Radium Hot Pools, 91 km south of British Columbia border, 7 AM to 7 PM daily through March 31st, 2020. Expect speed reductions to 50 km/h in work zone. No work on long weekends or statutory holidays. Last updated Wed Nov 27 at 1:14 PM MST. (DBC-13762)
Highway 93 Highway 93. Bridge construction between Simpson River Trail and Kootenay National Pk for 29.1 km (36 to 7 km south of British Columbia and Alberta Border). Until Fri Dec 20 at 7:00 PM MST. Bridge replacement 9 km south of Vermillion Crossing, 40 km south of the British Columbia border, 7 AM to 7 PM daily through Dec 20. Speed reductions to 30 km/h in the work zone. Delays to 15 minutes. No work on long weekends or statutory holidays. Last updated Wed Nov 27 at 1:38 PM MST. (DBC-13764)
Highway 95 Highway 95. Special event planned between 9th St S and 9th Ave N for 0.4 km (Golden). Starting Sat Dec 7 at 5:30 PM MST until Sat Dec 7 at 6:00 PM MST. Lane Closure. Expect minor delays. Last updated Thu Nov 7 at 2:39 PM MST. (DBC-13324)
Highway 95 Highway 95. Winter driving conditions between BC/US Border and Highway 3 for 11.2 km (Kingsgate to Curzon Junction). Slushy sections. Fog patches. Water pooling. Last updated Fri Dec 6 at 4:00 AM PST. (DBCRCON-38142)
Highway 95 Highway 95. Watch for slippery sections between Highway 93 and the end of Highway 95 for 105.3 km (Radium Hot Springs to Golden). Snowing. Last updated Fri Dec 6 at 5:07 AM MST. (DBCRCON-38346)
Highway 95A Both Directions Highway 95A, in both directions. Maintenance between Mission Rd and Mission Rd (Cranbrook). Until Thu Dec 12 at 7:00 PM MST. From 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM MST daily. Single lane alternating traffic. Expect delays. Last updated Wed Nov 6 at 7:43 AM MST. (DBC-13265)
Highway 95A Highway 95A. Winter driving conditions between Highway 3 and Rotary Dr for 24.4 km (Cranbrook to Kimberley). Watch for slippery sections. Slushy sections. Snowing. Last updated Fri Dec 6 at 5:27 AM MST. (DBCRCON-39360)
Highway 95A Highway 95A. Winter driving conditions between Rotary Dr and Highway 93; Wasa Junction for 31.1 km (Kimberley). Last updated Thu Dec 5 at 4:46 PM MST. (DBCRCON-39361)

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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