B.C.'s transportation ministry now says Snake Pit Road likely won't reopen until mid-August.
"Until the road reopens, the detour for passenger vehicles is Highway 49 directly into Dawson Creek," according to a ministry news release July 19. "Detours for trucks carrying extraordinary loads can take Highway 2 from the Alberta-B.C. border to Dawson Creek, then onto the Dangerous Goods Route and then take either Highway 97S or Highway 97N to Fort St. John and points north."
A section of Dawson Creek’s dangerous goods bypass washed away during flooding last month should re open to traffic by the end of July, the ministry of transportation says.
In an email, a ministry spokesperson said crews aim to have a temporary bridge in place on the winding two-lane stretch of road east of Dawson Creek known as the Snake Pit by month’s end.
“Engineering assessments are ongoing to determine installation requirements for a temporary bridge structure,” the ministry said in a statement. “The ministry expects to reopen the road by the end of July.”
Snake Pit Road was one of three culvert structures damaged during flooding in the city in June. Debris overwhelmed culverts and washed out roads on 15th and 8th Streets in Dawson Creek.
Bridges are being considered for both roads. It remains to be seen whether the province will pay for a permanent bridge on the Snake Pit—infamous with truckers for its difficult curves and hills.
“Engineering evaluation of the drainage system will consider upgrades as required, including consideration of a permanent bridge structure,” the ministry wrote.
“Other improvements to the road will also be considered when deciding the best long term solution for the new stream crossing.”