Highway 16 East closed overnight — now re-opened

RMG file photo. / EVAN MATTHEWS

by GOAT STAFF

A rockslide on Friday morning left Highway 16 closed overnight.

Parks Canada has re-opened the road as of May. 6 at 11 AM Pacific, though at this point the road is only one lane with alternating traffic. Drivers should expect delays.

The slide happened on Friday, May. 5, just inside the park around 9 AM, with the location being between the town of Jasper and the West Gate of Jasper National Park. The Trans-Canada Yellowhead Highway (Highway 16) is now closed in both directions.

Though emergency personnel were on the scene, The Goat confirmed there were no injuries.

Parks does not have an estimated time for a full highway re-opening, as a spokesperson for Jasper National Park said a geotechnical investigation is underway.

The main reason for the investigation is there are still loose rock formations at the top of the slope, which could pose further risk if not assessed properly, according to Parks staff.

There is no timeline for such an investigation.

Updates to come.

Traffic is backed up in Valemount, with semis sitting at the local gas stations awaiting the figurative green light. / LAURA KEIL

 

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