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 Road will be closed for Avalanche Control in both directions, 30 km West of Creston (Kootenay Pass) for 27 km, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m PST on Sunday Feb 25th . Alternate Route available from Nelson to Creston; Hwy 3A, Kootenay Lake Ferry, Estimated travel time 2.5 hours. Next Update at 8:00 p.m. PST. Updated on Sun Feb 25 at 1:02 pm PST. (ID# -67721)
Highway 21 Both directions Slippery Sections from British Columbia and Idaho border to Creston (11.7 km). Updated Sun Feb 25 at 12:06 pm PST. (ID# 274234)
Highway 22 Both directions Compact Snow with Slushy Sections from British Columbia and Washington Border, South of Rossland to Rossland (11.8 km). Updated Sun Feb 25 at 12:38 pm PST. (ID# 276537)
Highway 23 Both directions Compact Snow with Slippery Sections from Nakusp to Nacillawaet Pit (39.8 km). Updated Sun Feb 25 at 1:26 pm PST. (ID# 275018)
Highway 3 Both directions Construction 16 km west of Grand Forks 7:00 am to 4:30 pm Mon-Fri starting Feb 26 through Mar 9. Updated on Fri Feb 23 at 1:51 pm PST. (ID# -67715)
Highway 3 Both directions Compact Snow with Slippery Sections from Eholt Summit to Grand Forks (24.2 km). Updated Sun Feb 25 at 12:33 pm PST. (ID# 276405)
Highway 3 Both directions Compact Snow with Slippery Sections 7.5 km east of Christina Lake to Paulson Bridge (16.6 km). Updated Sun Feb 25 at 12:34 pm PST. (ID# 276406)
Highway 3 Both directions Compact Snow with Slippery Sections from Paulson Bridge to Junction with Highway 3B at Nancy Greene Lake (23 km). Updated Sun Feb 25 at 12:34 pm PST. (ID# 275556)
Highway 3 Both directions Compact Snow with Slushy Sections from Junction with Highway 3B at Nancy Greene Lake to Castlegar (25.6 km). Updated Sun Feb 25 at 12:38 pm PST. (ID# 276538)
Highway 3 Both directions Compact Snow with Slushy Sections from Junction with Highway 22, in Castlegar to Meadows (27.4 km). Updated Sun Feb 25 at 12:38 pm PST. (ID# 276539)
Highway 3 Both directions Slushy with Slippery Sections from Junction with Highway 3B, in Meadows to Salmo (10.4 km). Updated Sun Feb 25 at 1:21 pm PST. (ID# 276550)
Highway 3 Both directions Slushy Sections from Salmo to Junction with Highway 6 (14.1 km). Updated Sun Feb 25 at 1:24 pm PST. (ID# 276554)
Highway 3 Both directions Compact Snow with Slippery Sections from Junction with Highway 6 to Creston (69.8 km). Updated Sun Feb 25 at 12:05 pm PST. (ID# 273377)
Highway 3 Both directions Compact Snow with Slippery Sections from Creston to Goatfel (31.6 km). Updated Sun Feb 25 at 12:06 pm PST. (ID# 274228)
Highway 31 Both directions Compact Snow with Slippery Sections from Balfour to Kaslo (36.3 km). Updated Sun Feb 25 at 9:19 am PST. (ID# 274767)
Highway 31 Both directions Compact Snow with Slippery Sections from Kaslo to Meadow Creek (39.6 km). Updated Sun Feb 25 at 9:19 am PST. (ID# 274768)
Highway 31 Both directions Compact Snow with Slippery Sections from Meadow Creek to Gerrard Bridge (41.3 km). Updated Sun Feb 25 at 9:19 am PST. (ID# 272708)
Highway 31A Both directions Compact Snow with Slippery Sections from New Denver to Retallack (19 km). Updated Sun Feb 25 at 3:19 pm PST. (ID# 260644)
Highway 31A Both directions Compact Snow with Slippery Sections from Retallack to Kaslo (27 km). Updated Sun Feb 25 at 9:18 am PST. (ID# 269660)
Highway 3A between Castlegar and Creston Both directions Slushy with Slippery Sections from Brilliant to Nelson (38.3 km). Updated Sun Feb 25 at 1:11 pm PST. (ID# 276472)
Highway 3A between Castlegar and Creston Both directions Slushy with Slippery Sections from Nelson to Balfour (31.3 km). Updated Sun Feb 25 at 1:11 pm PST. (ID# 276474)
Highway 3A between Castlegar and Creston Both directions Slushy with Slippery Sections from Kootenay Bay Ferry Landing, in Kootenay Bay to Junction with Highway 3, in Creston (77.9 km). Updated Sun Feb 25 at 2:16 pm PST. (ID# 275475)
Highway 3B Both directions Compact Snow with Slushy Sections 8 km west of Nancy Greene Summit to Rossland (25 km). Updated Sun Feb 25 at 12:37 pm PST. (ID# 276535)
Highway 3B Both directions Compact Snow with Slushy Sections from Rossland to Trail (13.9 km). Updated Sun Feb 25 at 12:38 pm PST. (ID# 276536)
Highway 3B Westbound Bridge Maintenance 640 m east of Junction with Highway 22 in Trail 7:00 am to 3:00 pm Mon-Fri through Mar 9. Updated on Wed Feb 21 at 6:32 pm PST. (ID# -67693)
Highway 6EW Both directions Construction blasting 1 km west of Deep Creek; 6:00 am to 5:00 pm Mon-Fri starting Feb 16 through Mar 26. The road will be reduced to single lane alternating traffic with up to 20 minutes delay. Watch for crews and equipment working. Updated on Fri Feb 16 at 3:26 pm PST. (ID# -67620)
Highway 6EW Both directions Compact Snow with Slippery Sections from Monashee Summit to Needles (39.7 km). Updated Sun Feb 25 at 12:31 pm PST. (ID# 274490)
Highway 6EW Both directions BC Hydro working south of Nakusp; 8:00 am to 4:00 pm; Monday to Friday; Jan 20 through Mar 30; road reduced to single lane alternating traffic; expect minor delays; watch for crews and equipment working. Updated on Mon Jan 22 at 11:27 am PST. (ID# -67321)
Highway 6EW Eastbound Compact Snow with Slippery Sections from Fauquier to Junction with Highway 23, in Nakusp (57.9 km). Updated Sun Feb 25 at 1:27 pm PST. (ID# 274737)
Highway 6NS Both directions Slushy with Slippery Sections from Salmo to Ymir (12 km). Updated Sun Feb 25 at 1:20 pm PST. (ID# 276548)
Highway 6NS Both directions Slushy with Slippery Sections from Ymir to Nelson (26.3 km). Updated Sun Feb 25 at 1:11 pm PST. (ID# 276473)
Highway 6NS Both directions Slushy with Slippery Sections from British Columbia and Washington border to Junction with Highway 3A (86.2 km). Updated Sun Feb 25 at 1:23 pm PST. (ID# 276553)
Highway 6NS Both directions Slippery Sections from Junction with Highway 3A to Slocan Park (11.7 km). Updated Sun Feb 25 at 12:17 pm PST. (ID# 276168)
Highway 6NS Both directions Slippery Sections from Slocan Park to Cape Horn (41.8 km). Updated Sun Feb 25 at 12:16 pm PST. (ID# 274647)
Highway 6NS Both directions Slushy with Slippery Sections from Cape Horn to New Denver (23.7 km). Updated Sun Feb 25 at 3:20 pm PST. (ID# 274168)
Highway 6NS Both directions Compact Snow with Slippery Sections from New Denver to Summit Lake (27.5 km). Updated Sun Feb 25 at 3:19 pm PST. (ID# 274169)
Highway 6NS Both directions Compact Snow with Slippery Sections from Summit Lake to Junction with Highway 23, in Nakusp (20.3 km). Updated Sun Feb 25 at 1:26 pm PST. (ID# 275512)

Events for Rocky Mountain East Kootenay

Highway 1 Both directions Road will be closed in both directions 26 km west of Revelstoke to 8 km west of Revelstoke (18 km) because of Avalanche Control, 5:00 am to 7:00 am on Mon Feb 26. No detour available. Updated on Sun Feb 25 at 12:19 pm PST. (ID# -67720)
Highway 1 Both directions Compact Snow with Slushy Sections from Craigellachie to West Boundary of Glacier National Park (89.8 km). Updated Sun Feb 25 at 1:48 pm PST. (ID# 276557)
Highway 1 Both directions Water Pooling from Craigellachie to West Boundary of Glacier National Park (89.8 km). Updated Sun Feb 25 at 1:49 pm PST. (ID# 276558)
Highway 1 Both directions Compact Snow with Slippery Sections from West Boundary of Glacier National Park to East Boundary of Glacier National Park (43.8 km). Updated Sun Feb 25 at 12:47 pm PST. (ID# 273401)
Highway 1 Both directions Limited Visibility with Blowing Snow from West Boundary of Glacier National Park to East Boundary of Glacier National Park (43.8 km). Updated Sun Feb 25 at 12:45 pm PST. (ID# 276389)
Highway 1 Both directions Compact Snow with Slippery Sections from East Boundary of Glacier National Park to West Boundary of Yoho National Park (81.4 km). Updated Sun Feb 25 at 12:48 pm PST. (ID# 273709)
Highway 1 Both directions Construction Highway 1 Both directions - Parks Canada is undertaking geotechnical surveying at various locations along the Trans-Canada Highway in Yoho National Park from Jan 23 - March 02. Work will be conducted in daylight hours, Monday - Saturday, weather permitting. Expect speed reductions to 50 km/hr, flaggers, occasional lane closures and delays up to 20 minutes. No work on long weekends. Updated on Mon Feb 19 at 9:52 am PST. (ID# -67295)
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 Sun Feb 25 at 12:47 pm PST. (ID# 264001)
Highway 23 Both directions Compact Snow with Slippery Sections from Nacillawaet Pit to Galena Bay (6.5 km). Updated Sun Feb 25 at 12:47 pm PST. (ID# 274924)
Highway 23 Both directions Compact Snow with Slippery Sections from Shelter Bay to Revelstoke (51 km). Updated Sun Feb 25 at 12:42 pm PST. (ID# 276458)
Highway 23 Both directions Compact Snow with Slippery Sections from Revelstoke to Mica Dam (144.9 km). Updated Sun Feb 25 at 12:47 pm PST. (ID# 272369)
Highway 3 Both directions Snowing with Slippery Sections from Goatfel to Moyie (43.1 km). Updated Sun Feb 25 at 3:34 am PST. (ID# 276377)
Highway 3 Both directions Snowing with Slippery Sections from Moyie to Wardner (66.8 km). Updated Sun Feb 25 at 3:10 pm PST. (ID# 276417)
Highway 3 Both directions Slippery Sections from Wardner to Elko (29.4 km). Updated Sun Feb 25 at 9:43 am PST. (ID# 276498)
Highway 3 Both directions Compact Snow from Elko to Fernie (29.5 km). Updated Sun Feb 25 at 5:24 am PST. (ID# 276433)
Highway 3 Both directions Limited Visibility with Blowing Snow from Fernie to British Columbia and Alberta Border (50.4 km). Updated Sun Feb 25 at 6:49 am PST. (ID# 276434)
Highway 3 Both directions Limited Visibility with Heavy Snowfall from Fernie to British Columbia and Alberta Border (50.4 km). Updated Sun Feb 25 at 12:55 pm PST. (ID# 276504)
Highway 3 Both directions Compact Snow with Slippery Sections from Fernie to British Columbia and Alberta Border (50.4 km). Updated Sun Feb 25 at 12:57 pm PST. (ID# 276505)
Highway 3 Westbound Construction from Wardner to 12 km east of Cranbrook (25.8 km), through Fri Mar 9 at 11:59 pm. Lane closure in effect. Updated on Thu Feb 15 at 2:15 pm PST. (ID# -67389)
Highway 31 Both directions Compact Snow with Slippery Sections from Gerrard Bridge to Junction with Highway 23 (57.7 km). Updated Sun Feb 25 at 12:47 pm PST. (ID# 273621)
Highway 93 Both directions Compact Snow with Slippery Sections from Fairmont Hot Springs to Vermillion Crossing (101.4 km). Updated Sun Feb 25 at 1:19 am PST. (ID# 276257)
Highway 93 Both directions Compact Snow with Slippery Sections from Radium Hot Springs to Vermillion Crossing (63.7 km). Updated Sun Feb 25 at 11:22 am PST. (ID# 276259)
Highway 93 Both directions Compact Snow with Slippery Sections from Vermillion Crossing to British Columbia and Alberta border (33.7 km). Updated Sun Feb 25 at 11:22 am PST. (ID# 275783)
Highway 95 Both directions Snowing with Slippery Sections from British Columbia and Idaho Border to Curzon Junction at Highway 3 (10.7 km). Updated Sun Feb 25 at 3:34 am PST. (ID# 276378)
Highway 95 Both directions Compact Snow with Slippery Sections from Brisco to Golden (77.4 km). Updated Sun Feb 25 at 12:47 pm PST. (ID# 273724)
Highway 95A Both directions Snowing with Slippery Sections from Kimberley and Cranbrook Intersection to Wasa Junction (55.2 km). Updated Sun Feb 25 at 3:11 pm PST. (ID# 276418)

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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