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Early in the morning of January 23rd, rock debris from construction damages an existing retaining wall and the road surface resulting in a Tofino highway closure. This also affects access to Ucluelet and the Pacific Rim Park.
The most timely updates on the Tofino Highway Closure can be found on the Drive BC Website.
As of 10 am on January 24, 2020
[Truncated] Highway 4. Roadway obstruction between Toquart Bay Rd and Nahmit FSR; Upper Taylor Main FSR (14 km east of Southern Boundary of Pacific Rim National Park). Highway 4, in both directions closed at Kennedy Lake due to compromised road structure. Highway will reopen to essential travel only Noon-8pm today, Jan 24. Travel will be restricted to passenger vehicles & light pickups only. Vehicles will be screened at the Tofino/Ucluelet junction and at Sproat Lake and larger vehicles will be turned back.
As of 5 pm on January 23, 2020
Highway 4, in both directions. Roadway obstruction between Toquart Bay Rd and Nahmit FSR; Upper Taylor Main FSR (14 km east of Southern Boundary of Pacific Rim National Park). Road closed. Overnight during a scheduled blast, the rockfall compromised the road structure. Currently highway 4 remains closed, and will remain closed throughout the evening. Next update time Fri Jan 24 at 6:00 AM PST. Last updated Thu Jan 23 at 4:13 PM PST. (DBC-15157)
News Stories on the Tofino Highway Closure
The Western Vancouver Island communities of Tofino and Ucluelet will remain cut off from the rest of the island overnight after an early-morning rockslide closed Highway 4 in both directions.
The obstruction is at Kennedy Lake, roughly 15 kilometres from Ucluelet, where construction crews have long been working to upgrade the precarious highway pass.
The B.C. Ministry of Transportation says that crews were conducting a scheduled controlled blast in the area, which resulted in a “larger than anticipated rockfall” spilling onto the road.
DriveBC says the road is closed in both directions at Kennedy Lake due to the blockage.
The Ministry of Transportation said the failure was a result of an accident during construction on the highway.
“During a scheduled blast overnight at the Highway 4/Kennedy Hill Safety Improvements project, rockfall from the blast resulted in a failure of the road,” said a ministry spokesperson in an email.