5:10 p.m. Update: Drive BC estimates that affected routes will be reopened on Tuesday morning at 5:00 a.m.
The 152 Street overpass over Highway 99 remained closed Monday evening following damage that occurred earlier in the day, when a semi truck towing a trailer hit it while travelling north on the highway.
Traffic has been affected northbound since the incident – vehicles are being diverted off the highway at 16 Avenue.
The overpass was closed to traffic shortly thereafter.
Just after noon, northbound traffic along King George Boulevard had backed up from 16 Avenue, and by late afternoon, Croydon Drive – which for a stretch runs parallel to Highway 99 – was also slowed by heavy traffic.
Officials with the ministry of transportation and infrastructure told Peace Arch News just before 4:30 p.m. Monday that 152 Street is closed between King George Boulevard and 32 Avenue, while the damage is being assessed.
UPDATE – #BCHwy99 remains CLOSED NB due to vehicle incident at 152nd St. overpass. The overpass is CLOSED in both directions. All Northbound traffic on #BCHwy99 is being diverted at 16th Ave.
Please see: https://t.co/4xh6CUZaRM
— Drive BC (@DriveBC) December 5, 2017
Shortly after the incident, about four blocks north of the damaged overpass, the truck-and-trailer could be seen pulled off to the side of the highway. Debris – chunks of concrete, as well as pieces of the truck and its cargo – was also strewn along the road.
One witness at the scene, who was at a nearby coffee shop at the time of the incident, told Peace Arch News, “It was a loud bang, like a bomb going off… just incredible.”
Ministry officials encouraged motorists to check back to drivebc.ca for updates.
– with files from Tracy Holmes