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Highway 99 closed due to slope movement

Photo: FILE PHOTO/PIQUE NEWSMAGAZINE Something to note if you are planning to head north past Whistler this weekend, drivers.
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 Photo: FILE PHOTO/PIQUE NEWSMAGAZINEPhoto: FILE PHOTO/PIQUE NEWSMAGAZINE

Something to note if you are planning to head north past Whistler this weekend, drivers.

The provincial government announced Sunday afternoon that Highway 99 is currently closed approximately 15 kilometres north of Lillooet due to ongoing slope activity at the Ten Mile Slide site.

"Accelerated movement over the last 24 hours at this historically challenging slide site has reduced safety, and the ministry has proactively closed Highway 99 between Fountain Valley Road and Sallus Creek Road," reads a Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure news release.

Ministry staff is monitoring the situation and the road will be reopened once the movement has subsided and it is deemed safe for travel.

A $60-million slope stabilization project, which is underway at this location, is expected to be completed in the spring of 2021.

An alternative route is available using highway 12, 1 and 97. Check DriveBC.ca and @DriveBC on Twitter for the most up-to-date highway travel information.