Sunday August 29 Update

Thanks to Chuck Townsend for the latest Hurley update.

Just took the Hurley out from the Bralorne on Sunday, Aug 29th. 
The East Hurley is pretty much the same as it was on my last trip over (in early July). Good for the most part with a few pot holes and rougher sections. 
The main Hurley (starting from the E Hurley turn off by the steel bridge) alternates between rough and smoother sections until you get closer to the summit. The summit itself was smoother than it was in early July and then it again alternates between rougher and smoother sections going down the big hill (and also down the switch backs). 
Overall I would say the Hurley is in better shape than in early summer, but some sections are still a bit on the rough side. FYI, lots of cars parked just below the summit (to hike up to Semaphore lakes). Its needs a parking lot up there!
The Lillooet FSR was overall smoother than the Hurley with the exception of a couple short sections.

The new Hurley can coolers are in stock on the website at the link below. These make a great gift for the Hurley travellers in your family!

This site is based on Hurley driver updates so please email new road conditions to info@bridgerivervalley.ca or post in the comments below. Support this website and order your Hurley t-shirts, bumper stickers, new photo can coolers & trucker hats (more coming soon)  Click here to purchase Hurley merchandise.  Thank you for your road updates and support and please slow down and drive responsibly!

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Hurley Traffic

With Road 40 on non essential travel restrictions due to the McKay Creek fire, the Hurley is experiencing heavier than usual traffic in both directions. The switchbacks from Pemberton are rough but the rest of the road is ok. The burned truck is still sitting on the side of the road. The grader is still working so please respect it’s space and pass slowly by after the operator has seen you. Be prepared for flat tires after the grading.

A reminder that active hauling is ongoing. Travellers on the lower part of the Hurley FSR should be cautious and expect loaded and unloaded logging trucks travelling in both directions up to the Bridge Main FSR turnoff.

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Thanks to Melinda for this update. I was on the Hurley yesterday and the truck was removed then.  The people who reported it were fortunate to have a satelite phone with them and a few fire extinguishers to put out the fire.  I passed them heading north on Saturday shortly after the incident.
Yes, the grader exposes very sharp rocks.  No flat tires yet for me.
I would recommend everyone travelling the road to buy the deer warning horns from Canadian Tire.  Only $13.  It keeps wildlife from running into your vehicle.  I have witnessed two bears being injured by motorists who were shocked to have a bear hit them on the pavement.  It’s a big shock not to mention vehicle damage done.
cheers Melinda

This site is based on Hurley driver updates so please email new road conditions to info@bridgerivervalley.ca or post in the comments below. Support this website and order your Hurley t-shirts, bumper stickers, can coolers & trucker hats (more coming soon)  Click here to purchase Hurley merchandise.  Thank you for your road updates and support and please slow down and drive responsibly!

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Hurley truck fire

Thanks to Sal Demare for this Hurley update:

Truck on Fire at the Summit of the Hurley FSR. Our son and grandkids were travelling home over the Hurley and he phoned once he got to cell service and said that there is a truck engulfed in fire at the summit of the Hurley. Lots of people there but nothing they could do. We phoned the BC Wildfire Service at 2:10 pm and gave the co ordinates and info. Thanks to the people who stopped to help with shovels and fire extinguishers. Blackcomb Helicopters sent a machine with a bucket up to assist and a crew from Bralorne with a portable water tank and pump went up to help.

A reminder that active hauling is ongoing. Travellers on the lower part of the Hurley FSR should be cautious and expect loaded and unloaded logging trucks travelling in both directions up to the Bridge Main FSR turnoff.

This site is based on Hurley driver updates so please email new road conditions to info@bridgerivervalley.ca or post in the comments below. Support this website and order your Hurley t-shirts, bumper stickers, can coolers & trucker hats in 2 colours – black/gold, pink/grey  Click here to purchase Hurley merchandise.  Thank you for your road updates and support and please slow down and drive responsibly!

Photo by Cathie Hebert, Facebook
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August 11 Update

The Hurley is being graded and there have been a lot of flat tire reports. One person witnessed 4 cars all with flats in one drive! Please slow down for the grader operator and make sure you have visual contact before passing in a safe area.

 Thanks to Paul for the latest report from today. My son reports the Hurley is in good condition.  Grading going on at the summit.  Descent at the other end a bit bumpy.  Averaged 35 kmh from start at this end to valley bottom at the other end.

A reminder that active hauling is ongoing. Travellers on the lower part of the Hurley FSR should be cautious and expect loaded and unloaded logging trucks travelling in both directions up to the Bridge Main FSR turnoff.

This site is based on Hurley driver updates so please email new road conditions to info@bridgerivervalley.ca or post in the comments below. Support this website and order your Hurley t-shirts, bumper stickers, can coolers & trucker hats in 2 colours – black/gold, pink/grey  Click here to purchase Hurley merchandise.  Thank you for your road updates and support and please slow down and drive responsibly!

Hurley grading photo by Doug Tennant
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July 4th Update

Thanks to Chuck for the latest Hurley update:

Came over the Hurley from Bralorne via the east Hurley this morning. The wash out on the east Hurley is passable (although narrow) and water levels have dropped from last week which is good to see.

The main Hurley was in fair shape with some rough sections and then sections that were smoother with the entire route being very dusty. The roughest sections seem to be below the big hill on the Pemberton side as you go through the switch backs.

The Lillooet FSR was the smoothest section as you travel from the BRV to the Pemberton meadows.

A reminder that active hauling is ongoing. Travellers on the lower part of the Hurley FSR should be cautious and expect loaded and unloaded logging trucks travelling in both directions up to the Bridge Main FSR turnoff.

This site is based on Hurley driver updates so please email new road conditions to info@bridgerivervalley.ca or post in the comments below. Support this website and order your Hurley t-shirts, bumper stickers, can coolers & trucker hats in 2 colours – black/gold, pink/grey  Click here to purchase Hurley merchandise.  Thank you for your road updates and support and please slow down and drive responsibly!

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Flood Watch Update

June 30, 2021 @ 14:30 hrs – Drove from Pemberton to Gun Lakes area June 30/21. No issues. Lillooet River is high, but not encroaching on road. Other than being dusty, the Hurley is in good shape.  All drivers courteous, pulling over to allow faster drivers to pass or oncoming traffic to get by.  Thank to Norman for the update.

Update: The evacuation orders for Pemberton have been rescinded and travel on the Hurley is open, with the exception of the East Hurley to Bralorne. Last report it was washed out and we haven’t heard it if was repaired yet.

Update on the Highline – “The Highline Road is open. We have received updated information overnight correcting the location of the current washout, which is at the White Cap bridge towards the campground. I apologize for any inconvenience caused by my email last night, our staff and MoTI will be monitoring the public road structures in the area this morning, and we will inform you about any changes to the driving conditions.”

So far the Hurley has survived the high water! Thanks to Sal and Debbie DeMare for the update and photos. 2.30pm Lillooet River high but still room. People should watch SLRD website and facebook page who are well aware of Lillooet River FSR ..Hurley FSR connection for our area for updates. Highline washed out at Tsal’ath. Check Drive BC re Highline and Hwy 99. Actual Hurley much drier, creeks down, only one spot with water on it. The East Hurley to Bralorne is still closed due to washout.

This site is based on Hurley driver updates so please email new road conditions to info@bridgerivervalley.ca or post in the comments below. Support this website and order your Hurley t-shirts, bumper stickers, can coolers & trucker hats in 2 colours – black/gold, pink/grey  Click here to purchase Hurley merchandise.  Thank you for your road updates and support and please slow down and drive responsibly!

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Flood Warning

This post will be updated as news comes in.

Update 1pm Sunday – Water levels on the Lillooet River are lower than expected and the road hasn’t flooded yet!

Due to the heat wave and rising water levels, parts of the Pemberton Meadows, Mt Currie and Pemberton village have an evacuation order issued. The Lillooet FSR is under flood watch and right now isn’t impacting route to Hurley but could at anytime. There are some areas of water flowing across from freshet streams overflowing culverts. Hurley is open but travel is not recommended as conditions are changing fast. This is strange weather with an inversion causing higher temps in the alpine during the nights so water levels will not drop overnight. Heatwave peaks on Tuesday. Check the SLRD website for more updates after 10am Sunday.

We are also hearing reports he East Hurley has flooded the road around the 10km mark. Thanks to Carlos for sending this photo taken at 3.30pm showing the road edge was visibly eroding and there was a deep hole in the middle suggesting undermining. Expect to see more water by now.

This site is based on Hurley driver updates so please email new road conditions to info@bridgerivervalley.ca or post in the comments below. Support this website and order your Hurley t-shirts, bumper stickers, can coolers & trucker hats in 2 colours – black/gold, pink/grey  Click here to purchase Hurley merchandise.  Thank you for your road updates and support and please slow down and drive responsibly!

East Hurley at 10km
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Log Hauling Update

Thanks to the Valley Wide Forestry Committee for this update on log hauling and heavy machinery use on the Hurley.

Travellers on the lower part of the Hurley FSR should be cautious and expect loaded and unloaded logging trucks travelling in both directions up to the Bridge Main FSR turnoff.

The forestry crew is in the Bridge River area now working. Heavy equipment is being hauled into the work site. Logging trucks will be moving logs from the reload yard at 0.4km on the Bridge Main FSR down the lower part of the Hurley FSR and out Rd. 40 starting immediately.

To make the scales in Princeton trucks will need to leave The Bridge Main by 9am. This has them starting to arrive at the Bridge Main at about 2am and both way traffic until 8:30am.

This site is based on Hurley driver updates so please email new road conditions to info@bridgerivervalley.ca or post in the comments below. Support this website and order your Hurley t-shirts, bumper stickers, can coolers & trucker hats in 2 colours – black/gold, pink/grey  Click here to purchase Hurley merchandise.  Thank you for your road updates and support and please slow down and drive responsibly!

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June 8 Update

Thanks to Debbie Demare for the latest Hurley update and photos. Gold Bridge to Donnelly Creek graded and in good shape.  Donnelly to Tenquille rocky potholes and rough with some brutal sections. Not graded.  Switchbacks normal. Lillooet River FSR good condition.  Great news from Goat Mountain Produce on the Pemberton side of the Hurley. They will be open this year and the garden is looking good check out the photos on Facebook!

This site is based on Hurley driver updates so please email new road conditions to info@bridgerivervalley.ca or post in the comments below. Support this website and order your Hurley t-shirts, bumper stickers, can coolers & trucker hats in 2 colours – black/gold, pink/grey  Click here to purchase Hurley merchandise.  Thank you for your road updates and support and please slow down and drive responsibly!

Hurley summit
Fresh grading
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Hurley is open!

Thanks to Jacob Oswald for the first Hurley photos of the year! The road has been plowed and it’s rough so drive slow and give the machinery working some space. The grader is working from Green Mountain to the East Hurley steel bridge. The road is narrow, please stay on your side of the road and drive respectfully. This is a great video to watch for safety tips on resource roads.

This site is based on Hurley driver updates so please email new road conditions to info@bridgerivervalley.ca or post in the comments below. Support this website and order your Hurley t-shirts, bumper stickers, can coolers & trucker hats in 3 colours – green/white, black/gold, pink/grey  Click here to purchase Hurley merchandise.  Thank you for your road updates and support and please slow down and drive responsibly!

Photo by Jacob Oswald
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Opening Update #3

Thanks to Sal DeMare for following up on another opening update.

Information from Cascades Forest District FSR Engineering Officer regarding the opening of the Hurley May 26, 2021

I contacted the Cascades Forest District FSR Engineering Officer for a progress report on the opening of the Hurley. This was the reply I received this morning: “Good morning. I was out yesterday and am back in the office now. I believe Scott has started the grading down at zero and will be working his way up the FSR as the moisture content is optimal for grading. Tom Illidge can’t make it this season to help us out with the opening, but Roadrunner will be sending their dozer out to open the road and control the waterflow as soon as he lines up a lowbed. Going slow due to some changing conditions, but its all still forward movement. Squamish Mills sent a grader last week to remove that berm and spread the material over the running surface.” I will update when I receive more information.

Image from a previous year
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Avalanche & Snow Update

Thanks to Sal Demare for passing on this latest update from FLNRO:

“Good morning. I have just received an update from the avalanche tech about the conditions along the Hurley. 

It appears that the road is clearing itself rapidly and there is around 7km of FSR to plough and around 1.6m of snow at the summit. However, there is some unsettled weather that may cause some concern until at least this Saturday. I have sent an update to the contractors and have asked them to be available next week to start the work on opening the Hurley. 

I will pass along more updates if any new information comes to light.”

The Hurley is still closed to vehicles
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May Hurley Update

Thank you to our Area A, Regional District Director Sal DeMare for this Hurley update.

Information from Cascades Forest District FSR Engineering Officer
regarding the opening of the Hurley:
I contacted the Cascades Forest District FSR Engineering Officer and asked a few questions regarding the opening of the Hurley. These were the replies I received:

“As to the opening of the Hurley, I will continue to move forward with monitoring the avalanche hazard and see when that has abated. The other contracts are either in place or being finalized as I type and are ready to start as soon as it is safe to work/travel under the active avalanche tracts. As you are aware, aiming for a specific date for the opening is tricky as there are many moving parts to this subject such as snow loading along the FSR, snowcat usage and compaction/creation of ice from Hope Creek South, spring weather, avalanche hazards along with others. We will aim for beginning works as soon as it is safe and then see what the contractor’s production is once several days work is behind us. 
I will definitely keep you posted as to where we are with the progress on both the opening and first grading. I have been unable to find more information on whether or not some of that windrow is still along the section we discussed before or of it was graded across the FSR.
I have sent an email to the MOTI avalanche tech and will ask him about the sharing of his information and if possible give you a copy of his most recent report.”
As you can see I will update as more information is received.


Hurley Road Funding:
I asked the Engineering Officer questions regarding extra funding as we received last year and also yearly Road Maintenance Budget increases. The replies area below:

Has there been any more funding applied for this year for road bed material?  I have applications in for the FEP program again, but have been told that the program has been clawed back drastically and to not expect any approvals under that source.

Has there been a decision yet for more funding for FSR Road Maintenance, that you had previously referred to from the Provincial Treasury Department?  Late last week we were told that the treasury submission was not approved and in fact I am to expect to have a 20% reduction in my base budget for the next 3 years. 
It looks like last year was the only funding increase we can expect for the near future. We will make our dollars stretch and keep our eyes/ears open for any other funding sources we can leverage. 

Trip to Snow Line on the Hurley:

As you can see from a previous comment that the Engineering Officer did not know if the windrow from the ditching program last year was graded in the middle section of the road. I took a trip up to the snow line to look and also see where the snow line was at and to also look at the road condition. Below is my report back to the Engineering Officer:

“I just got back from a drive up to the snow line on the Hurley at just past the 23 km mark from the start in Gold Bridge. I have attached pictures and  kmz file of where the snow starts. A few items for your considerations:

  • The sign at the start of the Hurley was in the open position so I closed it.
  • Coming up the hill past the turn off to the Bridge Main FSR there is some water damage to the road due to the spring runoff.
  • In the Green Mountain area the ground was soft at the end of the year due to the material that was layed down and now it is rutted and hardened.
  • There are sections that received very little or no material put down.
  • The section past where Bridge River Mechanical finished their contract was really not touched (middle section) by the contractor coming up from the Pemberton side due to the  snow fall last year and has the ditching material still on the side of it. This section was never really graded last year and was and is in terribly rough condition with many pot holes and in sections the width is also narrow due to the material on the side of it.
  • I know from my last trip over the Hurley last year that the side from Pemberton was in good shape up to the summit and just past it but as stated before the middle section was in terrible shape so definitely will need some work first thing.
  •  I don’t know if anyone from your department will be out this way, but if someone is I would gladly take a drive up there with them.” 

Communication’s with our MLA Jackie Tegart:

I had been copying the Cascades Forest District Manager, Jackie Tegart and Jordan Sturdy in my communication’s. From these communication’s I asked for help regarding funding for the road and Jackie Tegart sent a letter to the BC Government’s Honorable Katrine Conroy the Minister of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations. This is a link to the Letter: 

To send a similar letter to the Honorable Minister Katrine Conroy (FLNR.Minister@gov.bc.ca) you have all the details in the PDF in the link. You can also Cc MLA’s Jackie Tegart (Jackie.Tegart.MLA@leg.bc.ca); and Jordan Sturdy (jordan.sturdy.mla@leg.bc.ca), and myself (saldemare27@gmail.com)

Snowline and potholes on the Gold Bridge side of the summit
Ditching that was done in the fall
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History from the Hurley River

We love finding out about history of the Bridge River Valley and this historic photo that was donated to the Museum is of an old bridge over the Hurley River.

The Bralorne Pioneer Museum is an amazing small museum that tells the history of our area.  This is a wonderful example of the collections that have been donated to it. You can visit them on Facebook at  or Instagram There is also a wonderful virtual exhibit at Bralorne-Pioneer:  Their Past Lives Here Stop by on Mondays until May Long Weekend and weekends after that and visit them in person!

This picture is on the Hurley River and was built  to reach the Pioneer Power House. It was near the junction of the Cadwallader and Hurley River,  near Poison Flats and about 1.50 up stream.  The wooden staves carried the water from the Hurley up to Pioneer for their power supply. Thank you to Janis for sending us this photo!

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Road Maintenance Update

We received the following Hurley update from Sal Demare, SLRD Area A Director.

I have been corresponding with the Ministry Representative that is responsible for Forest Service Roads in our area this fall and winter. As everyone is aware there was funding secured for ditching and brushing the road and also to find road bed material to lay down the full length of the road. The total funding was approximately $200,000 with one of the contractors being local to the BRV. This funding came from the Forest Employment Funding stream. There is still more work left to do this spring from this funding. They are also looking for further funding for good quality road bed material from the same funding stream.

I had asked for Vehicle Count Data and was able to get it for September numbers only. The ministry took the road counter off of the Hurley in 2017-2018 as the numbers were stable. They actually started climbing after they took the counters out on the Hurley. However, the Sea to Sky Forest District had 2 counters on the Lillooet River FSR. One before the Hurley and one past the Hurley on the Lillooet FSR so they knew how many vehicles were going up the Hurley. There was as anticipated, a very large increase in 2020 due the COVID Pandemic as many of the Major BC Parks in the Sea to Sky Region and the Provincial Recreation Sites were closed and people wanted to get out of the populated areas which caused issues throughout Southern BC.

The Ministry has submitted Requests to the BC Government Treasury Board for changes to the funding formula for FSR Maintenance as the current formula is outdated. One of the elements they are looking to include is FSR’s that are used for public recreation or leading to recreation locations. The current formula only sees the Hurley receiving around $72,000 for the year and up to $15,000 of it is for opening it up in the spring. This is not enough to keep it safe and in good shape, with all of the traffic that is on it now.

The Ministry will be putting in 6 new vehicle counters on the Hurley in specific locations so data can be captured to where they are travelling to and from. This will help once and if the new funding formula is incorporated, so we can hopefully see more Maintenance funding in the future. I will keep everyone updated as more information is received.

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