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 Compact Snow with Slushy Sections from Eholt Summit to Grand Forks (24.2 km). Updated Thu Dec 14 at 4:16 pm PST. (ID# 259633)
Highway 3 Both directions Compact Snow with Slushy Sections 7.5 km east of Christina Lake to Paulson Bridge (16.6 km). Updated Thu Dec 14 at 4:16 pm PST. (ID# 259634)
Highway 3 Both directions Compact Snow with Slushy Sections from Paulson Bridge to Junction with Highway 3B at Nancy Greene Lake (23 km). Updated Thu Dec 14 at 4:16 pm PST. (ID# 259635)
Highway 3 Both directions Slippery Sections from Junction with Highway 6 to Creston (69.8 km). Updated Thu Dec 14 at 1:37 pm PST. (ID# 258736)
Highway 31A Both directions Slippery Sections from New Denver to Retallack (19 km). Updated Thu Dec 14 at 12:45 pm PST. (ID# 259316)
Highway 31A Both directions Slippery Sections from Retallack to Kaslo (27 km). Updated Thu Dec 14 at 2:35 pm PST. (ID# 259452)
Highway 3A between Castlegar and Creston Both directions Drilling and blasting 18km west of Nelson at Beasley Bluffs 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday-Friday through Dec 15. Watch for crews and equipment working. Expect minor delays. Updated on Fri Dec 8 at 3:01 pm PST. (ID# -66959)
Highway 3B Both directions Compact Snow 8 km west of Nancy Greene Summit to Rossland (25 km). Updated Thu Dec 14 at 4:17 pm PST. (ID# 259636)
Highway 6EW Both directions Maintenance 26 km west of Needles Ferry Dock 6:00 am to 5:00 pm Mon-Fri through Dec 19. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic with up to 20 minutes delay. Updated on Wed Dec 13 at 10:41 am PST. (ID# -67035)
Highway 6EW Both directions Hwy 6 Nakusp to Vernon electrical pole installations 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Mon-Fri Oct 3 through Dec 29 road reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Expect minor delays, watch for traffic control. Updated on Fri Nov 3 at 9:26 am PDT. (ID# -66657)

Events for Rocky Mountain East Kootenay

Highway 1 Both directions Slippery Sections from Golden to West Boundary of Yoho National Park (25.5 km). Updated Thu Dec 14 at 4:52 pm PST. (ID# 259114)
Highway 1 Both directions Parks Canada is twinning 6 km of highway, from the BC/Alberta border extending 6 km westward. From November to March expect a speed reduction to 70 km per hour. Updated on Wed Nov 8 at 12:30 pm PST. (ID# -66718)
Highway 1 Both directions Compact Snow with Slippery Sections from West Boundary of Yoho National Park to British Columbia and Alberta Border, East of Field (45.6 km). Updated Thu Dec 14 at 4:52 pm PST. (ID# 259584)
Highway 23 Both directions Slippery Sections from Shelter Bay to Revelstoke (51 km). Updated Thu Dec 14 at 4:52 pm PST. (ID# 259408)
Highway 23 Both directions Slippery Sections from Revelstoke to Mica Dam (144.9 km). Updated Thu Dec 14 at 4:52 pm PST. (ID# 258140)
Highway 3 Both directions Winter Driving Conditions from Goatfel to Moyie (43.1 km). Updated Thu Dec 14 at 2:16 pm PST. (ID# 259585)
Highway 3 Both directions Winter Driving Conditions from Moyie to Wardner (66.8 km). Updated Thu Dec 14 at 2:17 pm PST. (ID# 259567)
Highway 3 Westbound Maintenance 30 km east of Cranbrook through Mon Jan 15 2018 at 11:59 am. Lane closure in effect. Updated on Thu Dec 14 at 10:15 am PST. (ID# -66709)
Highway 31 Both directions Brushing from Beaton Armstrong to Junction with Highway 23 (17.8 km), Tuesday Dec 5 through Fri Dec 15 7:00am to 5:00 pm. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Updated on Tue Dec 5 at 10:02 am PST. (ID# -66958)
Highway 31 Both directions Compact Snow with Slippery Sections from Gerrard Bridge to Junction with Highway 23 (57.7 km). Updated Thu Dec 14 at 4:52 pm PST. (ID# 258378)
Highway 43 Both directions Winter Driving Conditions at Junction with Highway 3. Updated Thu Dec 14 at 2:17 pm PST. (ID# 259591)
Highway 93 Both directions Winter Driving Conditions from Fort Steele to Junction of Highway 95A (24.5 km). Updated Thu Dec 14 at 2:17 pm PST. (ID# 259568)
Highway 95 Both directions Winter Driving Conditions from British Columbia and Idaho Border to Curzon Junction at Highway 3 (10.7 km). Updated Thu Dec 14 at 2:16 pm PST. (ID# 259586)
Highway 95 Both directions Winter Driving Conditions from Fort Steele to Brisco (161.8 km). Updated Thu Dec 14 at 2:17 pm PST. (ID# 259590)
Highway 95A Both directions Winter Driving Conditions from Kimberley and Cranbrook Intersection to Wasa Junction (55.2 km). Updated Thu Dec 14 at 2:16 pm PST. (ID# 259569)

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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