Following Phase 1 soil anchor installation, load restrictions have been adjusted at the Ten Mile Slide site on Highway 99.
The adjustment will allow commercial vehicles and tour buses that are 27,000 kilograms gross vehicle weight (GVW) or less to use the highway, which is a primary connector between Lillooet and Kamloops.
This is subject to change on short notice, should site conditions deteriorate or as seasonal load restrictions go into place when warmer spring temperatures occur.
Extensive geotechnical assessments were carried out to ensure it was safe to increase the load limit to 27,000 kilograms GVW from the previous 50% legal axle weight restriction. Ministry staff will continue to monitor the site and complete temporary repairs as necessary to maintain safe travelling conditions through the area.
The area has experienced ongoing slide activity for several decades, severely affecting the Xaxli’p community, local businesses, the trucking and tourism industries, and the general public.
Recently, an agreement with the Xaxli’p was completed for construction of the stabilization measures within the reserve boundary. Work is expected to begin this summer and be completed in fall 2020.
Once completed, the project will result in a reliable, permanent, two-lane paved roadway, improving safety for people travelling along this section of Highway 99.