Road closures are mandated by the BC Ministry of Transportation and directly affect the delivery of all freight throughout Western Canada. As a result, all situations listed below are very fluid and Van Kam will continue to monitor situations daily and advise of any changes to our service as they may arise. Please bookmark this page for the latest updates to view daily. Scroll to the bottom for some handy links to check official government-issued updates, and thanks for your patience and understanding.
KICKING HORSE CANYON PROJECT (Trans-Canada Hwy):
**Ongoing closures since March 2021**
Highway #1 through the Kicking Horse Pass Canyon past Golden, BC and into Alberta has been undergoing construction since 2021, and continues into 2023 and 2024. Van Kam thanks you for your patience as the Gov’t of BC continues their extended construction schedule; for the latest construction and closure updates, please visit the Gov’t of BC website here: https://www.kickinghorsecanyon.ca/construction/traffic-management/
Please note that the road closures at Kicking Horse Pass does affect our freight delivery in the following areas:
* includes all towns serviced or travelled through this terminal (ie: Calgary to Williams Lake and 100 Mile House must travel through Kamloops and will also be affected by the closures)
BETWEEN KELOWNA & SUMMERLAND/PENTICTON:
**Current Update from Sept 22, 2023**
Highway 97 through Summerland is now open to two-lane traffic with possible wait times.
Older Update from Sept 12, 2023
Due to Highway 97 partially opening last night, we have decided to suspend the previously instituted road closure surcharge. We will continue to monitor the situation, and if the situation worsens we may have to re-institute this surcharge. We will be removing the surcharge from all probills from last night (Sept. 11th). If you have any questions, please contact your region’s Business Development Manager.
Original Update from Sept 5, 2023:
Due to the closure of Highway 97 north of Summerland, we are being forced to run a route to the South Okanagan that takes our drivers 4 extra hours per round trip, and an extra 204 miles. Please note that commercial traffic is not permitted to take any of the forest service road detours currently in place.
Because there is no timeline on the highway opening, we are forced to institute a RCCR (road closure) surcharge for any shipments going to Summerland, Penticton, Kaleden, Okanagan Falls, Oliver, Osoyoos, Keremeos and Cawston (and any cities in between). We will not be charging this surcharge on shipments coming out of those cities. If we are provided a route that reduces our time and extra miles, we will reduce this charge. When the highway fully opens up, the surcharge will be completely removed.
The surcharge will be based on the rated weight of the shipment, and will apply for all shipments that ship from Monday, September 11th until further notice. If you have any questions, please contact your region’s Business Development Manager.
PRINCE GEORGE/CARIBOU SCHEDULES:
Hwy 1 at Boston Bar, through to Lytton, is dealing with closures. Van Kam will re-route through Kamloops to Cache Creek, and then up into the Caribou.
HIGHWAY 4 – PORT ALBERNI:
Hwy 4 is now back to regular two-lane traffic; however, normal operating capacity may not occur until Tuesday, Sept. 5th, due to the Labour Day long weekend.
For government info on road closures and current weather conditions, please click on any of the links below: