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UPDATE: Vehicle incident at Zopkios brake check causing delays on Hwy 5

(UPDATE: July 3 @ 2:40 pm) – At 2:37 pm, DriveBC said travellers on Highway 5 could expect delays of up to two hours due to congestion and heavy traffic volume.

Drivers can expect delays between Hope and Merritt.

Emergency crews are en route to a vehicle incident near the Zopkios brake check.

Drivers are being advised to allow for extra travel time or consider an alternate route such as Highway 3 or even Highway 99.

<who> Photo Credit: BC Highway Cams </who> Looking north at Larson Hill on the Coquihalla at about 2:45 pm on July 3.

<who> Photo Credit: BC Highway Cams </who> Looking south at Larson Hill on the Coquihalla at about 2:45 pm on July 3.


(UPDATE @ 1:40 pm) – DriveBC is now reporting a vehicle incident in the southbound lane of the Coquihalla.

The incident occurred at the Zopkios brake check.

DriveBC says that emergency crews are en route to the area.

All other travellers are advised to drive carefully and expect delays.


(Original Story: July 3 @ 1:13 pm) – Another long weekend has come to an end and everyone is headed home from their weekend getaways.

As expected, there is some traffic congestion on the Coquihalla Sunday afternoon.

Looking at the BC Highway Cameras, traffic has become fairly congested about 36 kilometres south of Merritt at Larson Hill.

Southbound traffic, headed towards Vancouver, is fairly backed up as of 1 pm on Sunday.

<who> Photo Credit: BC Highway Cams </who> Looking south at Larson Hill on the Coquihalla at about 1 pm on July 3.


The congestion is most likely because of the construction zones in the area, as DriveBC has not reported any accidents.

Northbound traffic heading into Merritt also looks to be fairly congested.

The rest of Hwy 5 does appear clear. This includes Britton Creek, the Summit and near the Zopkios rest area.

As for Highway 3, there are no signs of congestion or accidents Sunday afternoon.

Drivers should prepare for some delays and drive accordingly.

There has been no information provided yet about how long the delays may take. So, be sure to visit DriveBC for the most up-to-date details.

<who> Photo Credit: BC Highway Cams </who> Looking north at Larson Hill on the Coquihalla at about 1 pm on July 3.



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