Highway 51 has reopened briefly for all-wheel drive vehicles from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. (Ministry of Transportation photo)

Road to Telegraph Creek open during limited hours

All-wheel drive vehicles are permitted from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily

The road to Telegraph Creek has opened, but only for all-wheel drivers from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Highway 51 has been closed for more than a week after a rockslide blocked the only access road to Telegraph Creek around 9 a.m. on Nov. 5.

Crews and geotechnical engineers have been on scene since then, 19 kilometres east of Telegraph Creek, removing piles of debris and assessing the situation daily.

With no access or detour available into the community, a helicopter was able to deliver groceries and supplies to residents, according to the ministry. Communication and BC Hydro lines for Telegraph Creek remain open.

Work to clear the road is being done during daylight hours only because of site challenges and crew safety, according to the Ministry of Transportation.

The slide is located on a steep, narrow section of Telegraph Creek Road, which makes it more challenging for crews to safely operate heavy equipment.

“Because the slope remains unstable, the road cannot yet be fully reopened,” a ministry spokesperson says.

The ministry says they are coordinating daily limited road openings with the Tahltan, Emergency Management BC, emergency services and other agencies, while examining all short and long-term options to make sure the road is safe for area residents to use.

There is a weather notification with heavy rain and strong winds forecasted for this weekend. The ministry says it will be monitoring the slide over the weekend and developing a long term solution over the next few weeks.

READ MORE: Vehicle extricated from rock slide on Hwy 16, occupants unhurt


 


brittany@terracestandard.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Crews and geotechnical engineers are on scene after a rockslide came down between Glenora Road and the Tahltan River Bridge, 19 kilometres east from Telegraph Creek, Tuesday morning. (Ministry of Transportation photo)

Location of the rockslide between Glenora Road and the Tahltan River Bridge. (Screenshot)

Because the slope remains unstable, the road cannot yet be fully reopened, the Ministry of Transportation says. (Ministry of Transportation photo)

Just Posted

During our recent conversation, John Nicholson showed me snapshots of his time working on the Yukon riverboats 70 years ago. (Michael Gates)
History Hunter: Yukon man relives the riverboat days after seven decades

John Nicholson took summer work on Yukon steamers in the 1950s

A city map shows the property at 107 Range Road. The zoning is now in place for developers to proceed with plans for a Dairy Queen drive-thru. If plans proceed on schedule the new restaurant is anticipated to open in October. (Cyrstal Schick/Yukon News)
October opening eyed for Dairy Queen

Will depend on everything going according to plan

NDP candidate Annie Blake, left, and Liberal incumbent Pauline Frost. (Submitted photos)
Official recount confirms tie vote in Vuntut Gwitchin riding

Both candidates Pauline Frost and Annie Blake are still standing with 78 votes each

Artist’s rendering of a Dairy Queen drive-thru. At its April 13 meeting, Whitehorse city council approved a zoning change to allow a drive-thru at 107 Range Road. Developers sought the change to build a Dairy Queen there. (Submitted)
Drive-thru approved by Whitehorse city council at 107 Range Road

Rezoning could pave the way for a Dairy Queen

xx
WYATT’S WORLD

Wyatt’s World for April 14, 2021.… Continue reading

Joel Krahn/joelkran.com Hikers traverse the Chilkoot Trail in September 2015. Alaska side.
The Canadian side of the Chilkoot Trail will open for summer

The Canadian side of the Chilkoot Trail will open for summer Parks… Continue reading

École Whitehorse Elementary Grade 7 students Yumi Traynor and Oscar Wolosewich participated in the Civix Student Vote in Whitehorse on April 12. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Yukon Student Vote chooses Yukon Party government; NDP take popular vote

The initiative is organized by national non-profit CIVIX

Yvonne Clarke is the newly elected Yukon Party MLA for Porter Creek Centre. (Submitted/Yukon Party)
Yvonne Clarke elected as first Filipina MLA in the Yukon Legislative Assembly

Clarke beat incumbent Liberal Paolo Gallina in Porter Creek Centre

Emily Tredger at NDP election night headquarters after winning the Whitehorse Centre riding. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)
Emily Tredger takes Whitehorse Centre for NDP

MLA-elect ready to get to work in new role

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Two new cases of COVID-19 variant identified in territory

“If variants were to get out of control in the Yukon, the impact could be serious.”

lwtters
Today’s Mailbox: Rent freezes and the youth vote

Dear Editor, I read the article regarding the recommendations by the Yukon… Continue reading

Point-in-Time homeless count planned this month

Volunteers will count those in shelters, short-term housing and without shelter in a 24-hour period.

The Yukon’s new ATIPP Act came into effect on April 1. Yukoners can submit ATIPP requests online or at the Legislative Assembly building. (Gabrielle Plonka/Yukon News file)
New ATIPP Act in effect as of April 1

The changes promise increased government transparency

Most Read