2021 B.C. Highway Flood Recovery Projects - Highway 8

BC Highway 8 - 21 KM E of Spences Bridge (9 Mile)

Temporary repairs are complete at 14 locations, construction started on another six, and five sites have work planned for the near future.

Last Updated: May 16, 2022

Location

  • Highway 8 - Merritt to Spences Bridge

Conditions

  • Crews continue constructing temporary access throughout the Highway 8 corridor
  • We continue to partner with BC Hydro to restore power to residents along the Highway 8 corridor
  • Some worksites in this corridor are are particularly complex due to the extent of the damage and the current site conditions
  • Please obey signs, watch out for workers and drive to conditions
  • Thank you for your patience as our crews work as quickly and safely as possible
  • Check Drive BC for conditions and events that may be affecting Highway 8
  • To report any debris in waterways along Highway 8, please contact Emergency Management BC at 1‑833‑376‑2452 (daily from 7:30am to 5:00pm)

BC Highway 8 Aerial Flyover

Aerial footage of flood damage to BC Highway 8 between Spences Bridge and Merritt.

​Status

  • Community Newsletter - Highway 8 Information & Updates - May 16 to May 29, 2022 (PDF,6.2MB)
  • The Highway 8 Team is working on 25 sites overall
  • So far, we have completed temporary repairs at 14 locations, started construction on another 6, and have 5 sites where work is planned for the near future
  • We are working on forecasting a long-term repair schedule for the phases of work to follow
  • We anticipate this phase - emergency access and temporary construction - will be complete in the spring
  • Most residents along the corridor have returned home thanks to the hard work and progress made by our crews

21 km West of Mamit Junction (Site 2A)

21 km West of Mamit Junction (Site 2A) - Before

21 km West of Mamit Junction (Site 2A) - Before

21 km West of Mamit Junction (Site 2A) - After

21 km West of Mamit Junction (Site 2A) - After

Status:

  • This section of Highway 8, which sustained partial damage from the November Atmospheric River flooding, did not require any immediate repairs in 2021
  • Stronger currents this spring caused further erosion along the slope and prompted inclusion as an additional repair site
  • As the weather warms and the water levels continue to rise from melting snow and ice (freshet), we are taking steps to protect the highway infrastructure against future erosion
  • Works to repair this site and prepare it for freshet have started
  • Over 250 metres of riprap (rocky material) will be used to protect the highway and maintain access for residents along the corridor

23.4 km west of Mamit Junction (Site 3A)

23.4 km west of Mamit Junction (Site 3A) - Before

23.4 km west of Mamit Junction (Site 3A) - Before

23.4 km west of Mamit Junction (Site 3A) - After

23.4 km west of Mamit Junction (Site 3A) - After

Status:

  • Crews have completed the placement of riprap and rock armoring along the eroded slope
  • Phase 1 works are complete

14 km east of Spences Bridge (Site 10C)

14 km east of Spences Bridge (Site 10C) - Before

14 km east of Spences Bridge (Site 10C) - Before

14 km east of Spences Bridge (Site 10C) - After 

14 km east of Spences Bridge (Site 10C) - After 

 ​Status:

  • Crews are continuing to place fill material to build up emergency/construction road access
  • Works are ongoing

East of Secret Garden (Site 18)

East of Secret Garden (Site 18) - Before

East of Secret Garden (Site 18) - Before

East of Secret Garden (Site 18) - After 

East of Secret Garden (Site 18) - After 

 ​Status:

  • Crews have completed the placement of riprap armouring along the river edge for protection
  • Final grading of the gravel roadway is ongoing to complete Phase 1 works

Environmental Update: Snake Protection

Preserving wildlife and wildlife habitats is a top priority. To help inform our crews, workers have been provided with a Construction Environmental Management Plan (CEMP) and a Snake Protection Mitigation Guide. These guides are reviewed in daily meetings. Recently, crews found a federally-protected Western Rattlesnake at Site 10 (14 km east of Spences Bridge). The operator immediately stopped work in the area and notified the onsite Environmental Monitor. The snake was successfully relocated to a safe zone away from the site and into an appropriate habitat.

Rattlesnake

Freshet

Freshet Preparation 1

Freshet preparation - Armouring areas along Highway 8 with additional riprap Image 1

Freshet Preparation 2

Freshet preparation - Armouring areas along Highway 8 with additional riprap Image 2

Freshet describes the annual melt of ice and snow when cold winter weather transitions to warmer spring temperatures. A spring freshet can last several weeks, and sometimes months, around large river systems, resulting in high waters. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is preparing for the spring freshet in B.C. by armouring areas along Highway 8 with additional rock material (riprap). Riprap deflects the impact of the rushing water away from nearby infrastructure, while the gaps between rocks trap and slow the flow of water.

Environmental resources for residents

As you return home, you may have questions about how to approach environmental work on your property. Here are two useful resources:

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