Road into Old Fort re-opened, evacuation order lifted

Highways Minister Claire Trevena
Highways Minister Claire Trevena

The road to access the community of Old Fort is now open. The evacuation order has been lifted, and most people who live in Old Fort are now able to return home.

“I would like to thank the residents of Old Fort for their patience during this difficult time, and the crews who worked hard to get the road built so swiftly,” said Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, in a news release. “We know this has been a stressful time for people who had to be evacuated, and I’m happy to hear the road is in place and people are able to return to their homes, now that it is safe to do so.”

A semi-permanent road has been built over the existing slide. An automated monitoring system is providing continuous updates on movement in the area, and an operating protocol is in place to respond appropriately.

Although the road is open to local traffic, it will remain a construction zone with reduced speed and load limits as crews continue to make improvements. Traffic control personnel will be on site for the first week to help regulate traffic. Drivers are reminded to obey signage and traffic control at all times and use caution as the road is narrow with curves, steep grades and limited visibility.

Drivers are advised of the following:

* The speed limit will be posted at 30 kilometres per hour, but reduced to 15 kilometres per hour around curves.

* Vehicle weight restrictions of 50% legal axle loads will remain in place.

* Single-lane alternating traffic or road closure may be required during extreme weather events or if road conditions deteriorate.

Residents are asked to report any signs of slide movement or incidents to the local maintenance contractor, Yellowhead Road and Bridge, which can be reached 24/7 at its emergency line: 1 888 883-6688.