May 29 2007
WORK HAS started on clearing away the massive amount of debris from yesterday’s mud and rock slide which has closed Highway 16 37km east of Terrace.
These aerial views show the extent of the debris that came down upon the highway.
There is no official estimate as to when the highway will be reopened.
In the meantime, the transportation ministry sent a grader to smooth out sections of a logging road know as the Cranberry Connector.
It is 50km long and the only east-west route now connecting the northwest with the rest of the province.
“It is not a road we would recommend but we acknowledge that people are using it successfully,” said Terrace-based transportation ministry official Don Ramsay this morning.
He said more equipment is being sent up today to fill in soft spots with gravel and to make other improvements.
“But we continue not to recommend it as a route for travel,” Ramsay said.