Fall Grading update 3

Unfortunately the grading that was to occur September 12 did not happen. FLNRO was not aware of this until we drew it to their attention.
They have followed up with the contractor and the grader should be up there today and grading completed in time for the Thanksgiving weekend.
FLNRO understands the road has been somewhat rougher than normal and is working to get that remedied.  They are also going to take a look at some water that has been flowing over the road up towards the summit on Gold Bridge side and determine what is going on there.  This water has not impacted travel.

FLNRO is also aware of some areas that need enhanced attention, such as around the Gwenyth Lake turnoff and will work with the contractor to ensure they extend their grading in these areas.

The E. Hurley washout was repaired by Interior Roads.

GOOD NEWS THOUGH, the plans are being finalized for more surfacing  to be done (i.e. more material added) after Thanksgiving.  The surfacing will begin where the new stretch of surfacing material ended and work its way up to the summit.   There will be some 2 hour closures (AFTER Thanksgiving Weekend) and updates will be provided on when and where that will occur closer to the date.

We would really like to thank FLNRO for their efforts this year to provide consistency in the road conditions and to make best use of the available budget to provide some enhancements.  We also need to remember to thank Reg & Kathy Milne, Backcountry Snowcats for enhancing the available budget by using her snowcat to clear off a stretch of the road this spring thus saving funds in FLNRO’s Hurley budget.


Beautiful fall views on the Hurley Road

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Lillooet River Rising

UPDATE:  8.30am Monday – Reports coming in that the water levels have dropped and there is no more water on the road!  The road is in extremely rough shape.  Drive slow and take your time.
Thanks to Doug Oswald for making the drive over early this morning for the latest report!

The East Hurley Road has washed out again too.  No information as yet on when it will be repaired.

Sunday – There are several reports of the Lillooet River covering the Hurley Road/Lillooet River FSR by the Outdoor School and the road may be closed at this time.  Travel is not recommended.

If you have any conditions to report email info@bridgerivervalley.ca

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Fall Grading 2

Unfortunately a vehicle drove off the side of the Hurley today after being distracted by something.   Please drive carefully and pay attention as anything can happen quickly!  We hope everyone involved in this incident is ok!

Between Hope Creek and the Summit there is a spot on the road with the creek flowing right over the road.  There are at least 3 other places with large pools of water and one of those is flowing across the road too.  The Hurley and Lillooet rivers are running hard and high with all the rain today.

The road really is rough from steel bridge to Gold Bridge. The road does not appear to be graded at all after the grading that was supposed to happen last week.  Debbie Demare our local Squamish Lillooet Regional District Director will follow up to find out more information about the grading.

Drive safe everyone!

Accident on the Hurley today

Accident on the Hurley today

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Fall Grading

Wednesday Sept 9th Update:  The grader is still working on the Lillooet FSR and will start the end to end grade of the Hurley on Saturday.

The Hurley is being graded this week so please follow the caution signs and show the operator some respect, slow down and give him plenty of room to work.  Make sure he knows you are behind him when attempting to pass.   Thank you to the Ministry of Forests, Lands & Natural Resource Operations for doing such a great job grading the Hurley this summer, the road has been in the best shape in years!


Grader on the Pemberton side of the Hurley

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Grading Update

The Hurley is being graded this week so please show the operator some respect, slow down and give him plenty of room to work.  Make sure he knows you are behind him when attempting to pass.  The road condition from the summit and down the Pemberton switchbacks is in great shape!

Hurley Grader is in action this week

Hurley Grader is in action this week

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Pemberton Slow Food Cycle

The Pemberton Slow Food Cycle event is on this Sunday August 16.  Travel on the Pemberton Meadows Road is not recommended between 9am – 3pm.  This will effect Hurley Road drivers on the Pemberton side.

Pemberton Meadows potato crops in flower with the Meager Group behind

Pemberton Meadows potato crops blooming

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Ironman Road Closures

The good news is the Hurley is in great shape after the recent grading!  The not so good news is Sunday is the Whistler Ironman event and the Pemberton Meadows Road will be closed which will effect travel on the Hurley.  See the chart below for the road closure times.  Expect delays and closures on Hwy 99 in Whistler and Pemberton Meadows Rd  from 7am and 4.30pm.


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Summer 2015 Update 2

The Boulder Creek fire is still burning and causing smokey conditions on the Hurley.  Depending on your time of travel, you may encounter many forestry vehicles heading to or from the fire.  This morning at least 40 vehicles were seen all driving with 4 way flashers on.  Please give them space and room to drive safely as the dust levels on the road are high.  The road remains open and is in ok shape with the recent grading in spots.  The grading has taken time this month due to the machinery being pulled off the grading to work on the Boulder Creek fire several times.  The grading should be completed by 17 July.

The Bridge River Valley is still in the smoke layer but it is clearing in Pemberton and on parts of the Hurley.  Clouds could be seen in the sky and a few rain drops came down this morning near the summit.

The Goat Mountain Produce Stand is open!  Bring some cash to purchase fresh grown Pemberton produce!

Thanks to SLRD Area A Director  Debbie Demare for  today’s Hurley update. If you have an update on the Hurley please send it to info@bridgerivervalley.ca

Goat Mt Poduce Stand

Goad Mountain Produce Stand

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Summer 2015 Update

The Hurley is getting pretty rough in spots with washboards on many sections of the road.  The dust is heavy when passing someone or behind a vehicle causing zero visibility.  Take your time driving over and if you see someone driving faster behind you, please pull over so they can pass safely.  Young wild life is around so please drive carefully.

The Lillooet River FSR is closed at the 9km gate due to EXTREME landslide risk. The Hurley Is NOT affected.

Yesterday a fire west of the Hurley caused smokey conditions on the road.  bcwildfire.ca is reporting a fire in that area at  Boulder Creek  to be 250 ha in size.  Air support was attacking the fire late Thursday.  Smoke from this fire drifted into the Bridge River Valley on Thursday afternoon.

To report a wildfire  call toll-free 1 800 663 5555 or *5555 on most cellular networks (this won’t work on the Hurley!)


A Declaration of Local Emergency for SLRD Electoral Area C, implemented to support a WMB request for an evacuation order on Boulder Creek Fire V30241. The evacuation order applies to both sides of the Upper Lillooet FSR  from 9 km to the top of the Pemberton Valley (in effect, Upper Lillooet Provincial Park).

The evacuation order applies to the 2 pumice mines in the area (1 currently not operational – the other, Garibaldi Pumice, was contacted directly, and principal operator Bob Matheson may elect to stay in and look after his equipment) and the Innergex IPP at Boulder Creek. No residential or agricultural properties are currently under evacuation order. Some Innergex contractors will remain at their location under the direct authority of the WMB Incident Commander.  The Hurley Is NOT affected.  More information can be found on the SLRD website.

Smoke plume could be seen from the upper Pemberton Meadows

Smoke plume could be seen from the upper Pemberton Meadows on Thursday afternoon


Smokey skies on the Hurley


Edge of the smoke plume near the Donnelly Creek drainage


Filtered pink sun light on the Hurley Thursday evening

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East Hurley Open

Great news  from MoTI – The East Hurley washout was repaired on Saturday June 13th and the road is open to traffic!

Thanks to Hurley driver John McILwraith for sending in the photo and update from his recent drive below:

Traveled to Bralorne Mine Via Hurley Pass on Friday June 12th 2015.
We found the road are in very good shape from Pemberton to Bralorne.
All bridges are in good shape. Traffic was slow on it.


East Hurley junction

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East Hurley Washout

There is a washout on the East Hurley at about the 3km mark from the Hurley junction.  A video has been posted on Facebook.  Hurley drivers heading to Bralorne will need to go through Gold Bridge.  Interior Roads has been notified and will assess the situation.

June 10 Update: Latest update is IRL is currently trying to line up the excavator operator to complete the culvert installation and repair to the site. Hoping for the end of the week.

June 4 Update:  The water is still running with too much volume and intensity to install the culvert. It appears it may not be repaired until early next week. There is an excavator and culvert ready to go as soon as conditions permit construction to occur.

Tuesday June 2nd Update :  IRL has confirmed they will review the site today.  If the water and conditions have subsided enough, they will reinstall the culvert and place some pit run gravel to get the road open hopefully by tomorrow, all things going well.


East Hurley washout

East Hurley washout.  Photo by Bruce Simon

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Driving the Hurley

There has been excellent feedback on the condition of the Hurley Road this past May long weekend.  With the improved condition of the road, however has come speeding.

The week before the long weekend the grader was on the Hurley all week and was almost hit by speeding drivers four times.  Some people were driving too fast for the conditions and had even passed the swamper’s pickup which had its four way flashers on and a grader working sign.  Unfortunately if this continues, putting the grader worker’s safety at risk there may be some unpleasant consequences.

The Bridge River Valley Community Association has an excellent working relationship with FLNRO Roads and we generally provide information on when grading is occurring as it is happening.  Please check this website before planning your trip over the Hurley…we want you and the grader operator to survive this summer season!!!

Please follow the “3 C’S” – Caution, Courtesy and Concentration

Please read the article at this link for tips on driving safely on BC’s Resource Roads:  Resource Road User Safety Guide

hurley sign

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Opening Update #4

Update from FLNRO

The grader started on Friday.  They conducted our pre work safety meeting.  They graded the rough spots coming up the switchbacks from 9km to 22km. They were plowing snow from here to around 33km (Km’s decreasing). Starting full grading down to 28km.
The grader is parked close to the bridge in a pull out. The snow should be fully melted where we plowed it. It was melting fast by Friday afternoon. They are not sure if there is any snow past 28km,but it looks like they  are through it.
They  will be resuming grading on Monday. The grader operator has been requested to put in long days to get the job done by Thursday.
He is hoping to work 28km to Gold Bridge from Monday to Wednesday, then spend Thursday finishing the switchbacks on the Pemberton end.

If you see the grader working please give him lots of space until it is safe to pass.  People are reporting the Hurley is in great shape except for loose gravel and potholes at the summit.  Please drive slow to preserve the good condition of the road and always use 4wd when climbing to prevent chewing up the road surface.

Grader at Hurley summit

Grader at Hurley summit

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Opening Update #3

Thanks to SLRD, Area A Director Debbie Demare for this update and photos.

The Switchbacks have been spot graded.  Lillooet river FSR good condition.  Grader at summit had just started to work down Pembie side.
Summit to Face still some  snow covered ice with rutting.  Truck clearance, winter tires and 4wd required.  The huge hole by the bridge at Tenquille has been fixed.  Rough on Gold Bridge side.

Grader at Hurley summit

Grader at Hurley summit

Hurley Road

Hurley Road near the summit by the fire zone sign


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Opening Update #2

Latest update on the condition of the Hurley from Backcountry Snowcats

Due to the ice layer, snow and melting, good vehicle clearance is required. Its a bit narrow in spots but if we all travel at a leisurely pace, passing by other vehicles shouldn’t be a problem. There is also some damage from the rain event last November (deep water rivulets) in some sections so folks should take care.

Squamish Mills has been hired to do the grading this year.  The plan is that they will be starting on Friday at the summit and working down the Pemberton side.

We will advise when the road is  “officially” open.

Hurley Summit on Monday May 4th

Hurley Summit on Monday May 4th

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