West Fraser Road Flood Recovery

In April 2018, high water levels from the spring freshet caused Narcosli Creek to erode five sections of the West Fraser Road, on the west side of the Fraser River, approximately 17 km south of Quesnel.

Aerial view of the west fraser road flood wash out

The ministry is finalizing the detailed design for the new road, which will bypass the active slide areas along the section washed out in 2018. Work will include the construction of five kilometres of two-lane road on a new alignment, a new bridge crossing Narcosli Creek and rock stabilization work along the new route.

Upon completion of the final engineering design activities, this summer, the ministry will share the finalized design and project timelines with the public. Construction is expected to begin in late 2020.

The project, which is estimated to cost up to $103.4M, has been approved in principle for funding support through Public Safety Canada’s Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangement.

In April 2018, high water levels from the spring freshet caused Narcosli Creek to erode five sections of the West Fraser Road, on the west side of the Fraser River, approximately 17 km south of Quesnel.

The damage was severe and the road had to be closed with damage spread over a three-kilometre section as follows:

  • At the north end of the 3 km section, 250 metres of road embankment washed out
  • Near the north end of the 3 km section, 100 metres of road embankment washed out
  • North of the Narcosli Bridge, a 100 metre section of road is washed out
  • At the Narcosli Bridge, the north side road embankment and rip-rap was washed out and eliminated the road and bridge connection.
  • At the switchback at Deep Creek Hill, the road embankment washed out for a length of 100 metres and another section of road embankment has slid and/or collapsed.

Up to 150 vehicles per day normally use West Fraser Road, which accesses First Nation communities, ranches, logging activities, farming lands and local residences. A detour route is in place via Garner Road and Webster Lake Road, which is a two-lane gravel road that adds 17 km in distance and between 20 and 45 minutes in travel time for a one-way trip depending on conditions.

The posted speed limit is 70 km/hour on Garner Road and 60 km/hour on Webster Road. Regular CVSE patrols and inspections are being carried out on commercial vehicles to ensure continued safety.

The ministry recognizes the impact this closure is having on users of West Fraser Road and continues to work towards re-establishing regular road service as soon as possible. 

 

Drone Footage of West Fraser Road Washout, May 14, 2018