Old Fort Landslide Update – July 10


Current Road Situation – as of 10:00 am

  • The temporary access road opened at 08:00 pm Thursday, July 9 for 4×4 pickups.
  • The temporary access road is available for 4×4 use and essential services use 24/7 subject to construction or weather closures.
  • The temporary access road is currently single lane only.
  • 24/7 traffic control points have been established on the road at either end of the slide.
  • Construction crews are generally active between 07:00 am – 06:00 pm.
  • Expect up to 20-minute road access interruptions while construction continues.
  • Swamp mats are being installed on the temporary access road today; when this work is completed later in the day, high clearance vehicles with a maximum gross vehicle weight of 26,100kg may pass over the road. Residents should schedule essential service deliveries starting Saturday.
  • The road (before and after swamp-mat installation) is suitable for 4×4 pickups and similar vehicles. Passenger cars, vans and light-duty SUVs should not use the temporary access road.

Road Plans

  • In the coming days (ETA Monday/Tuesday) an all-weather, all-vehicle gravel surface will be placed on the road.
  • Construction crews generally work from 07:00 am – 05:00 pm.
  • Expect up to 20-minute road access interruptions while construction continues.
  • We are hopeful that access for all vehicles will be in place by Wednesday/Thursday next week.
  • PRRD will continue to update residents on road status and plans.

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Update as of 3:00 pm

Emergency Support Services

Emergency Support Services (ESS) will be extended to current ESS recipients until Friday, July 17.  The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and Dawson Road Maintenance have been making great progress on the Old Fort Road, however, the road may not be suitable for low clearance vehicles until mid to end of next week.  As a result, ESS will be extended until July 17 when it is anticipated that all vehicle types will be able to utilize the road.  PRRD EOC staff will be contacting all current ESS recipients to determine if ESS renewals are required.

Water, Sewer & Garbage Disposal Services

The PRRD through R&R Rentals will be terminating water, sewer and garbage disposal services at end of day on Saturday, July 11 as water/garbage/sewage haulers with high ground clearance will be able to use the temporary road starting Saturday, July 11.  To obtain service prior to the end of the day on Saturday call 250-271-0366.

Water Taxi Services

Water taxi services will continue until the Old Fort Road is able to accommodate low clearance vehicles next week. A minimum of 24 hours notice will be provided at the boat launches that service will be terminating.  To find out if water taxi services are operating call 250-271-0366 and continue to follow our website, Facebook Page and sign up for North East BC Emergency & Public Alerts.

Old Fort NEBC Alert 2020 Flyer

Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure Page Update

An update from MoTI has been posted here: prrd.bc.ca/resources-for-old-fort-slide-residents/moti-updates/