2021 B.C. Highway Flood Recovery Projects - Highway 5 - Coquihalla

Highway 5 - Othello

Work continues on Highway 5. Find out about current road status.

Last Updated: May 27, 2022


Coquihalla Highway (Highway 5) between Hope and Merritt

Anticipated Construction Delays

This table does not take into account unanticipated emergency and maintenance activities.
Please click the Plan Your Route links for information about additional traffic delays.

Plan Your Route Unrestricted travel flow times Expect delays up to:
Highway 5 - Hope to Merritt 125 min 30 min - 40 min
Highway 5 - Merritt to Kamloops 55 min 5 min - 10 min
Cumulative Delays for Entire Route from Hope to Kamloops 180 min (3 hours) 35 min - 50 min

​Travel Delays on Other Routes

Travellers on Highway 5 - Coquihalla often continue their travels on the following routes. There may be additional construction delays.

Other Routes
Project Travel Advisory Links Plan Your Route Links
Highway 1 - Kamloops to Alberta for planned closures and detours Kamloops to Golden
Kicking Horse Canyon for planned closures and detours Golden to Alberta Border



  • Highway 5 is open to all traffic
  • Work is still ongoing between Hope and Merritt
  • Some areas have temporary access and  lanes are reduced
  • As work is ongoing in many areas of the highway, speed limits have been reduced
  • For approximately 4 km near Othello, speeds are limited to 60 km/hr.
  • For approximately 3 km from Juliet Bridge to Bottletop Bridge speeds are limited to 70 km/hr.​
  • Check DriveBC for conditions and events that may be affecting Highway 5


Othello construction zone

Fish habitat restoration

  • To help with the environmental restoration of the Coldwater and Coquihalla Rivers, clusters of rocks known as groynes (circled) have been placed along the shoreline at several sites.
  • Groynes improve fish habitat by slowing the current and creating areas of refuge for the fish. These structures also protect against riverbank erosion by moving water away from the river's edge and preserving nearby infrastructure.


Fish habitat restoration

Obey speed limits and drive for the conditions

As work is ongoing in many areas of the highway, speed limits have been reduced for the safety of drivers and crew members. Drivers are reminded to:

  • Check Drive BC prior to travelling
  • Obey reduced speed limits
  • Prepare for alternating single-lane traffic
  • Drive for weather-related road conditions
  • Be aware of other vehicles.
  • Allow space for trucks to slow down, exit, merge and and turn near construction zones.

Drivers are also reminded:

  • Not to stop to take pictures in the corridor
  • Cell phone reception can be unreliable in the area


Coquihalla Highway (Highway 5) between Hope and Merritt


  • Community Newsletter - Highway 5 Information & Updates - May 2022 (PDF, 4.7MB)
  • All washrooms on the corridor are open except for Britton Creek Rest Area. This washroom is being renovated and is anticipated to be open prior to the May long weekend.  In the meantime, there are port-a-potties on-site.
  • Crews are also continuing with repair work along the Highway 5 corridor in preparation for the annual spring thaw (also known as freshet) which results in rising water levels and stronger river flows. Most of the damaged sites are now prepared for the freshet.


Map of conditions on Highway 5

Overall travel advice

Obey the Cone Zone

There will be enhanced enforcement around cone zones for the duration of the construction. Plan for delays. Slow down. Keep your cool.

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