A washout closed access to the Rudy Johnson Bridge west of Williams Lake Friday morning. It is now open to traffic. Photo courtesy of the Tsilhot’in National Government Facebook page.

UPDATE: Access restored to Rudy Johnson Bridge west of Williams Lake after Friday mudslide

Buckskin Road open thanks to work by road contractor Emcon Quesnel

UPDATE: 6:38 P.M. – Cleanup at the site of a mudslide near Rudy Johnson Bridge has been completed by Emcon Quesnel, the road maintenance contractor for the area, as of about 5:30 p.m. Friday.

UPDATE: 11:30 a.m. – Drive BC is reporting that the Buckskin road is open to single lane alternating traffic.

Original Story:

A mudslide on the Buckskin Road has blocked access to the Rudy Johnson Bridge Friday morning.

Local residents say they are detouring using the Meldrum Creek Road though that route has not been advised officially by DriveBC at this point.

Heavy rains and hail Wednesday and Thursday, April 10 and 11 likely exacerbated current spring runoff conditions in the area, which was heavily impacted by the 2017 White Lake Fire which threatened the City of Williams Lake.

The Tribune has a call into the Ministry of Transportation, who are believed to be assessing the unfolding situation.

Spring runoff had already caused washouts under the CN tracks nearby March 23 and local roads for resident access.

Read More: CN, ministry, road crews, residents grapple excessive spring runoff near Soda Creek Road

More to come.


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