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 from Paulson Bridge to Junction with Highway 3B at Nancy Greene Lake (23 km). Updated Fri Mar 24 at 5:27 am PDT. (ID# 247427)
Highway 3 Both directions Compact Snow from Junction with Highway 3B at Nancy Greene Lake to Castlegar (25.6 km). Updated Fri Mar 24 at 5:28 am PDT. (ID# 247432)
Highway 3 Both directions Rock Slide 10 km west of Creston (Kootenay Pass). The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Expect 30 minutes delays 8:00 am to 5:00 pm PST. Updated on Fri Mar 24 at 7:47 am PDT. (ID# 247452)
Highway 3 Both directions Slippery Sections from Junction with Highway 6 to Creston (69.8 km). Updated Fri Mar 24 at 4:59 am PDT. (ID# 247410)
Highway 31 Both directions Compact Snow with Slippery Sections from Meadow Creek to Gerrard Bridge (41.3 km). Updated Fri Mar 24 at 4:12 am PDT. (ID# 245830)
Highway 31A Both directions Blasting 7.5 km east of New Denver; 6:00 am to 5:00 pm Mon-Fri through March 25; single lane alternating traffic with up to 20 minutes delay; reduce speed; watch for traffic control. Updated on Tue Mar 7 at 8:25 am PST. (ID# -62426)
Highway 31A Both directions Slippery Sections from New Denver to Retallack (19 km). Updated Fri Mar 24 at 5:56 am PDT. (ID# 246971)
Highway 31A Both directions Slippery Sections from Retallack to Kaslo (27 km). Updated Fri Mar 24 at 4:12 am PDT. (ID# 245831)
Highway 3A between Castlegar and Creston Both directions Tree Removal 1.5 km east of Junction with Highway 6, northbound at South Slocan Overhead Bridge through Sat Mar 25 from 8:00 am through 4:00 pm. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Updated on Tue Mar 21 at 4:32 pm PDT. (ID# -62658)
Highway 3A between Castlegar and Creston Eastbound Bridge Maintenance at Brilliant Bridge 8:00 am to 3:30 pm daily on Mar 27. The road will be reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Updated on Thu Mar 23 at 4:41 pm PDT. (ID# -62727)
Highway 3B Both directions Compact Snow 8 km west of Nancy Greene Summit to Rossland (25 km). Updated Fri Mar 24 at 5:27 am PDT. (ID# 247428)
Highway 6NS Both directions Slippery Sections from Ymir to Nelson (26.3 km). Updated Fri Mar 24 at 5:56 am PDT. (ID# 247434)
Kootenay Lake Ferry Both directions Ferry Service Interruption at Kootenay Lake starting Wednesday, April 19 at 8:00 am through to Sunday, April 30th 2:30 pm. Osprey 2000 will be receiving maintenance. MV Balfour ferry running on regular schedule. Possible sailing delays. Updated on Fri Mar 10 at 11:24 am PST. (ID# -62479)
Kootenay Lake Ferry Both directions Ferry Service Interruption at Kootenay Lake starting Monday April 3rd at 8:00 am through to Thursday April 13th at 2:30 pm. Osprey 2000 will be receiving maintenance. MV Balfour ferry running on regular schedule. Possible sailing delays. Updated on Fri Mar 10 at 11:21 am PST. (ID# -62478)

Events for Rocky Mountain East Kootenay

Highway 1 Both directions Winter Highway Maintenance 33 km east of Revelstoke 7:30 am to 3:00 pm on Fri Mar 24. 20 minute delay expected. Updated on Fri Mar 24 at 6:47 am PDT. (ID# -62729)
Highway 1 Both directions Fallen Ice on Road 33-35 km east of Revelstoke. Updated on Fri Mar 24 at 4:31 am PDT. (ID# 247390)
Highway 1 Both directions Slippery Sections from West Boundary of Glacier National Park to East Boundary of Glacier National Park (43.8 km). Updated Fri Mar 24 at 4:29 am PDT. (ID# 247382)
Highway 1 Both directions Frost Heaves from West Boundary of Glacier National Park to 12 km east of East Boundary of Glacier National Park (55.8 km). Updated Fri Mar 24 at 4:30 am PDT. (ID# 243185)
Highway 1 Both directions Fallen rock on Road 4 km east of Golden to 10 km east of Golden (6 km). Updated on Fri Mar 24 at 4:31 am PDT. (ID# 246972)
Highway 1 Both directions Limited Visibility with Fog from East Boundary of Glacier National Park to West Boundary of Yoho National Park (81.4 km). Updated Fri Mar 24 at 4:30 am PDT. (ID# 247391)
Highway 1 Both directions Bridge maintenance 6 km east of Yoho National Park's west gate, 7:00am-7:00pm MDT seven days per week, from March 22 - April 4. Expect occasional daily periods of single lane alternating traffic, and approximately 4 full road closures throughout this program. Delays to motorists of up to 20 minutes. Be prepared to stop and obey traffic control personnel. Updated on Thu Mar 23 at 3:48 pm PDT. (ID# -62725)
Highway 1 Both directions Hauling trucks turning 10 km east of Yoho National Park's west gate, 7am - 7pm MDT, March 27 to April 4. Expect occasional delays of up to 5 minutes. Be prepared to stop and obey traffic control personnel. Updated on Thu Mar 23 at 4:26 pm PDT. (ID# -62726)
Highway 1 Both directions Slippery Sections from West Boundary of Yoho National Park to British Columbia and Alberta Border, East of Field (45.6 km). Updated Fri Mar 24 at 6:32 am PDT. (ID# 247441)
Highway 1 Eastbound Fallen rock on Road 20 km west of Revelstoke. Updated on Fri Mar 24 at 4:32 am PDT. (ID# 247234)
Highway 23 Both directions Slushy with Slippery Sections from Shelter Bay to Revelstoke (51 km). Updated Fri Mar 24 at 6:33 am PDT. (ID# 247442)
Highway 23 Both directions Slippery Sections from Revelstoke to Mica Dam (144.9 km). Updated Fri Mar 24 at 4:30 am PDT. (ID# 247310)
Highway 23 Both directions Fallen Rock on road from Revelstoke to Mica Dam (144.9 km). Updated on Fri Mar 24 at 4:32 am PDT. (ID# 247311)
Highway 3 Both directions Winter Driving Conditions from Goatfel to Moyie (43.1 km). Updated Fri Mar 24 at 5:59 am PDT. (ID# 247377)
Highway 3 Both directions Winter Driving Conditions from Cranbrook to Wardner (37.8 km). Updated Fri Mar 24 at 6:27 am PDT. (ID# 247251)
Highway 3 Both directions Construction from Elko to 4.4 km east of Elko (4.4 km), 7:00 am to 7:00 pm daily through Mar 27. Updated on Thu Mar 16 at 8:26 pm PDT. (ID# -62570)
Highway 3 Both directions Winter Driving Conditions from Wardner to Fernie (58.9 km). Updated Fri Mar 24 at 5:42 am PDT. (ID# 247254)
Highway 3 Both directions Winter Driving Conditions from Fernie to British Columbia and Alberta Border (50.4 km). Updated Fri Mar 24 at 6:17 am PDT. (ID# 247248)
Highway 31 Both directions Slippery Sections from Gerrard Bridge to Junction with Highway 23 (57.7 km). Updated Fri Mar 24 at 4:30 am PDT. (ID# 247381)
Highway 43 Both directions Winter Driving Conditions from Junction with Highway 3 to Elkford (34.7 km). Updated Fri Mar 24 at 6:18 am PDT. (ID# 247249)
Highway 93 Both directions Winter Driving Conditions from Fort Steele to Wasa (20.5 km). Updated Fri Mar 24 at 6:26 am PDT. (ID# 247253)
Highway 93 Both directions Winter Driving Conditions from Wasa to Radium 4 Corners (106.7 km). Updated Thu Mar 23 at 2:47 pm PDT. (ID# 245338)
Highway 93 Both directions Winter Driving Conditions from Radium 4 Corners to Vermillion Crossing (63.3 km). Updated Thu Mar 23 at 2:47 pm PDT. (ID# 246908)
Highway 93 Southbound Winter Driving Conditions from Junction with Highway 3, in Elko to British Columbia and Montana Border (26.9 km). Updated Fri Mar 24 at 5:43 am PDT. (ID# 247255)
Highway 95 Both directions Winter Driving Conditions from British Columbia and Idaho Border to Curzon Junction at Highway 3 (10.7 km). Updated Fri Mar 24 at 5:56 am PDT. (ID# 247376)
Highway 95 Both directions Winter Driving Conditions from British Columbia and Idaho Border to Fort Steele (89.5 km). Updated Fri Mar 24 at 6:26 am PDT. (ID# 247250)
Highway 95 Both directions Winter Driving Conditions from Fort Steele to Radium 4 Corners (134.2 km). Updated Thu Mar 23 at 2:47 pm PDT. (ID# 246979)
Highway 95 Both directions Winter Driving Conditions from Junction with Highway 3 and 93 to Brisco (161.8 km). Updated Fri Mar 24 at 4:20 am PDT. (ID# 246219)
Highway 95 Both directions Limited Visibility with Fog from Brisco to Golden (77.4 km). Updated Fri Mar 24 at 4:31 am PDT. (ID# 247392)
Highway 95A Both directions Winter Driving Conditions from Kimberley and Cranbrook Intersection to Wasa Junction (55.2 km). Updated Fri Mar 24 at 6:26 am PDT. (ID# 247252)

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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