After more than a month of road closures and detours, Highway 97 north of Summerland is open to traffic once again.
The highway had been closed due to rock slides and slope movement near Callan Road north of Summerland.
The speed limit is 90 kilometres an hour in the area where the road had been closed.
The southbound slow lane, closest to the rock slope above the highway, is still closed as staff with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure are monitoring the slope for additional movement as temperatures warm.
The road was closed after a rock slide more than a month ago.
Initially, motorists travelling past the slide area had to take a lengthy detour using Highways 3A, 3, 5A, 97C and 97. Later, detours were put in place using forest service roads. The much shorter Callan Road detour was opened on Feb. 11, resulting in a much more direct route past the slide area.
The slide occurred on the evening of Jan. 31. At that time, the highway was still open to traffic. However, more slope activity and rock fall resulted in a complete highway closure on Feb. 2.
Argo Road Maintenance has been assessing the slope and removing material.
More than 20,000 cubic metres of rock and debris has been removed from the site. This is the equivalent of eight Olympic swimming pools.
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