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A major highway linking Metro Vancouver and southern British Columbia to the rest of the province has reopened about a month after severe flooding damaged the route in several areas.
The B.C. government says in a release the Coquihalla Highway between Hope and Merritt reopened just after 8:30 a.m. on Monday to commercial traffic and intercity buses.
Crews have replaced about 20 stretches of the highway including bridges damaged during a storm in mid-November.
Torrential rains and melting snow between Nov. 13 and 15 caused flooding and debris slides through the Fraser Valley and southern Interior.
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Checkpoints are in place along the Coquihalla to ensure only essential trucks and buses are using the highway.
The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure says restrictions on Highway 3 between Hope and Princeton will be lifted on Tuesday at 8 a.m., allowing non-essential travel to resume on the route between the Lower Mainland and the Interior.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 20, 2021.