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State of emergency in BC extended for another week

The Province of BC has extended the provincial state of emergency until the end of the day on Jan. 18.

Ongoing highway repairs and the potential for further flooding this week has prompted the extension.

"My continued thanks go out to road crews who are working so hard to get our highways back and fully open," said Mike Farnworth, minister of public safety.

"This work is essential in getting vital resources to the people of British Columbia, and once completed will allow for easier access to communities around the province."

<who> Photo Credit: BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure </who> Juliet Bridge on Highway 5.

Travel restrictions on Hwy 5 will also remain in place between Hope and Merritt which includes a weight restriction and commercial vehicles only.

The weight restriction (limited to 14,500 kg) on Hwy 99 will also remain in effect.

“Work has progressed well while the affected areas have experienced adverse winter conditions,” said Rob Fleming, minister of transportation and infrastructure.

“While this work continues, the restriction on these highways will have to remain in place for a short while longer to ensure road conditions are safe for those driving and working on them.



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