Effective immediately, 10 Mile Bridge on Highway 8, 10 kilometres west of Merritt, has reopened to local traffic, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.
There is a four-metre width restriction in place, and the bridge remains closed to pedestrians, bicycles and motorcycles.
Ministry staff have conducted structural assessments, and continue to monitor the dynamic situation that is unfolding on Guichon Creek. Maintenance crews continue to monitor the area and remove debris from the creek, to protect the structure and motorists crossing the bridge.
Traffic is reduced to single lane alternating, with the possibility of unexpected delays, depending on debris within Guichon Creek. Due to limited visibility through the night, the bridge will be closed between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. At this time, the ministry anticipates 24-hour access for emergency services.
The ministry appreciates the public’s patience during this time. Motorists should prepare for potential unexpected delays or closures, and continue to check DriveBC.ca for the most up-to-date highway information.
Significant flooding is taking place across the B.C. Interior, due to a higher than average snow pack, recent temperature increases and the start of spring freshet, which is run-off from melting snow and/or heavy rain.