Residents living along the Highway 8 corridor between Merritt and Spences Bridge once again have access to their properties — a “major milestone” in the recovery following last November’s historic floods, according to B.C.’s transportation minister.
Minister Rob Fleming took to social media on Friday afternoon to share the news.
“The highway is now reconnected with temporary repairs, with access to all residences restored thanks to the massive efforts of crews, locals and @TranBC [Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure] staff,” he said.
“There is still work to do before the road can open to regular traffic, but we’re making great progress.”
Fleming also thanked area First Nations communities who supported the work.
The Highway 8 corridor was among the hardest hit areas of the Interior in November, when an atmospheric river dumped a historic amount of rain into the mountains northwest of Merritt. At the time, the ministry said the highway saw three bridges damaged and 20 stretches of road washed out.