Landslide closes lane of traffic on Cowichan Bay Road

Traffic continues to be single lane for a stretch of Cowichan Bay Road bordering a landslide.

A motorist drives past the closed lane on Cowichan Bay Road.

Traffic continues to be single lane for a stretch of Cowichan Bay Road bordering a landslide.

The landslide occurred on Saturday, Feb. 20 on a steep bank just past Wessex Road heading into Cowichan Bay due to heavy rains, leading the B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to close the affected portion of the road in both directions while stabilization work is done. Single lane traffic for the affected portion of the road was opened Feb. 21.

“Ministry crews completed temporary rehabilitation work last week. With the safety of the travelling public our highest priority, traffic is being kept at single lane alternating while ministry staff continue to monitor slope activity before fully reopening the road,” explained Sonia Lowe, public affairs officer with MOTI.

“Staff are undertaking more slope stabilization work in order to develop a long term plan to ensure continued safe access for the travelling public along Cowichan Bay Road,” Lowe added, noting that an estimated date for reopening both lanes to traffic is not known at this time.

Cowichan Valley Citizen

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