UPDATE: The road was closed at 8 a.m. Friday and will be reopened from 8 a.m. to noon Jan 25 limited to passenger vehicles and light pickups only. Screening at Tofino/Ucluelet junction and Sproat Lake. The plan is to reopen Highway 4 to commercial vehicles in the afternoon of Jan 26. Next update Saturday at 10 a.m. — Drive BC
As crews continue to clean up a major rockslide on Highway 4 outside of Tofino, new drone footage is showing the extent of the damage.
This is a limited opening designated for essential travel only to limit the number of vehicles using the highway. If you can stay where you are, we recommend it.
Opening will allow vacationers to get to and from the west coast, and let people travel to important appointments.
— BC Transportation (@TranBC) January 24, 2020
The province said in a news release that crews are working to bridge the damaged section of highway in order to open it as soon as possible.
On Friday morning, the Ucluelet Co-op’s fresh produce aisle was nearly bare and a note was posted informing customers that the shelves would not be restocked until the highway opens.
Ucluelet mayor Mayco Noel is encouraging his community to remain calm.
“There’s no need for alarm other than the inconvenience of missing appointments and scheduled goods and services going back and forth,” he told the Westerly News.