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 Slushy Sections from Junction with Highway 6 to Creston (69.8 km). Updated Tue Apr 25 at 6:41 pm PDT. (ID# 249156)
Highway 3 Eastbound Heavy Snowfall from Junction with Highway 6 to Creston (69.8 km). Updated Tue Apr 25 at 6:42 pm PDT. (ID# 249164)
Highway 3A between Castlegar and Creston Both directions Kootenay Lake Ferry Both directions - Ferry Service Interruption at Kootenay Lake starting Saturday, April 15 at 9:30 am through to Sunday, April 30th 2:30 pm. Osprey 2000 ferry will be receiving semi-annual maintenance. M.V. Balfour smaller capacity ferry running on regular winter schedule. Updated on Tue Apr 18 at 2:35 pm PDT. (ID# -63179)
Highway 6NS Both directions Mud Slide 2.5 km north of Winlaw. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Updated on Mon Apr 24 at 4:46 pm PDT. (ID# 249027)

Events for Rocky Mountain East Kootenay

Highway 1 Both directions Road will be closed in both directions from 43km east of Sicamous to 9km west of Revelstoke, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm on Wednesday April 26th, for the installation of Remote Avalanche Control Systems at Three Valley Gap. Be prepared to stop and obey all signs and traffic control personnel. Updated on Thu Apr 20 at 10:49 am PDT. (ID# -63264)
Highway 1 Both directions Road will be closed both directions in Yoho National Park, 16 km west of Field, at 7:00 PM MT daily from April 26 to April 27, for rock blasting. Expect delays of 60 to 90 minutes. Reduced speed zone in effect. Be prepared to stop, obey all signs and traffic control personnel, and watch for hauling truck traffic. Updated on Tue Apr 25 at 3:07 pm PDT. (ID# -63296)
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 1 Both directions Expect delays of up to 20 minutes between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm daily, Tuesday April 25th to Friday April 28th, for the installation of Remote Avalanche Control Systems at Three Valley Gap. This project will require traffic interruptions and closures from April 24th through June 23rd, 2017. Updated on Tue Apr 25 at 11:00 am PDT. (ID# -63263)
Highway 1 Both directions Bridge Maintenance 600 m west of Revelstoke through Thu Apr 27 at 3:00 pm. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Updated on Mon Apr 24 at 5:40 am PDT. (ID# -63268)
Highway 1 Both directions Debris on Road from Craigellachie to Revelstoke (41.7 km). Updated on Wed Apr 26 at 12:19 am PDT. (ID# 249150)
Highway 1 Both directions Watch for rocks on Road from West Boundary of Mount Revelstoke National Park to East Boundary of Mount Revelstoke National Park (12.7 km). Updated on Wed Apr 26 at 12:20 am PDT. (ID# 249051)
Highway 1 Both directions Watch for rocks on Road from Revelstoke to West Boundary of Glacier National Park (48.1 km). Updated on Wed Apr 26 at 12:19 am PDT. (ID# 248504)
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, Monday to Saturday, 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. Updated on Thu Apr 13 at 12:02 pm PDT. (ID# -63167)
Highway 23 Both directions Watch for rocks on Road from Shelter Bay to Revelstoke (51 km). Updated on Wed Apr 26 at 12:20 am PDT. (ID# 249052)
Highway 23 Both directions Watch for rocks on Road from Revelstoke Dam to Mica Dam (141.5 km). Updated on Wed Apr 26 at 12:20 am PDT. (ID# 249053)
Highway 23 Both directions Falling Ice from Revelstoke Dam to Mica Dam (141.5 km). Updated Wed Apr 26 at 12:20 am PDT. (ID# 249125)
Highway 93 Southbound Winter Driving Conditions from British Columbia and Alberta border to Vermillion Crossing (33.7 km). Updated Tue Apr 25 at 7:47 am PDT. (ID# 249158)
Highway 93 Southbound Winter Driving Conditions from Vermillion Crossing to Radium 4 Corners (63.3 km). Updated Tue Apr 25 at 7:49 am PDT. (ID# 249159)
Highway 95 Northbound BC Hydro will be conducting pole replacement approximately 57 km south of Golden starting Wed Apr 26 through Thurs Apr 27. Work will be conducted daily from 09:30 to 17:00 MST. Updated on Fri Apr 21 at 3:20 pm PDT. (ID# -63303)
Highway 95 Northbound Maintenance 95 km south of Golden to Golden (95 km), 8:00 am to 3:30 pm daily through Apr 27. Updated on Tue Apr 25 at 7:46 am PDT. (ID# -63369)
Highway 95A Both directions Paving from Kimberley to Wasa Junction (28 km), 7:00 am to 7:00 pm Mon-Sat through Jun 16. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic with up to 20 minutes delay. Updated on Tue Apr 18 at 7:27 am PDT. (ID# -63168)

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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