Grading

Grading is finally happening on the Hurley! Sal Demare sent in this photo from the grader on the Pemberton switchbacks. The grader will be working through the weekend so please give the machine some space and pass carefully. There is lots of traffic on the Hurley this weekend. Drive Safe!

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!

Grader at 11am today on the Pemberton side
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Grading Update

Update in from BJ Moore, FLNRO “Squamish Mills has not yet started the grading on the Hurley. Their grader is stuck behind the road washout at 24km on the Lillooet FSR. They are doing an emergency repair to the FSR and hope to be done by this Friday. They said that when their grader is free it will start on the Hurley.”

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!

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East Hurley Washout

Update July 3rd – The washout has been repaired. Thanks Scott Holden!

We were sent a photo of a washout on the East Hurley to Bralorne. Water levels will rise with rain and warming temps so be aware the road may not be passable. SLRD Area A Director Sal Demare will report this to MoTI today.

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!

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June 22 Update

Thanks to Kat Patterson for the latest Hurley update and photo. Rough the whole way but definitely worse on the Pemby side. Biggest potholes I ‘ve experienced on the road to date. Washboard on the Gold Bridge side.

Another update was received from Mark: I drove on Thursday afternoon. Seems there is a wide variance on what is good or bad. I thought it was in pretty good shape. The high point had a few rough spots where the snow was ploughed. But after that into goldbridge it was smooth sailing. At least compared to what I’m used to seeing. The lower fsr was freshly worked on which was full of sharp rocks.
Mark

A reminder to expect delays starting today. Keep reading for details.

Message below from BJ Moore, FLNRO about Hurley maintenance and short delays. “Scott Holden told me this morning that he plans on starting the bridge repairs to the 9 Mile bridge (15km) on Monday June 22nd. He thinks it should only take 4 days to complete the repairs. He also expects there to be up to 20 min delays for traffic. Could you please get that posted to the website so that people know to expect short delays and to respect all crew and equipment working signs. This also expends to the Squamish Mills grader’s work as it moves along the FSR. It will be jumping back and forth around the mud holes to allow them to dry out before being graded.”

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 Kat Patterson

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Moose Poaching

Information Wanted!! Did you travel the Hurley Forest Service Road on June 4 – 7, 2020?

Sometime between June 4 – 7, 2020 an adult bull moose was illegally shot and left on the side of the road at the summit of the Hurley FSR. The moose was shot and left to die a slow agonizing death.

Do you or anyone you know have any information or dash cam footage showing vehicles in the area during this time period?

Contact Allen McEwan at 604 894 6063 or president@pembertonwildlifeassociation.com

There is too much poaching going on in this area. If you see anything suspicious call the RAPP line.

There is also an app for your phone which makes submitting the photo, location and report easy. Get the app at this link.

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Hurley Maintenance Update

Update: Bridge repairs were completed July 3rd. Thanks Scott Holden!

Message below from BJ Moore, FLNRO about Hurley maintenance and short delays to expect starting June 22.

“Scott Holden told me this morning that he plans on starting the bridge repairs to the 9 Mile bridge (15km) on Monday June 22nd. He thinks it should only take 4 days to complete the repairs. He also expects there to be up to 20 min delays for traffic. Could you please get that posted to the website so that people know to expect short delays and to respect all crew and equipment working signs. This also expends to the Squamish Mills grader’s work as it moves along the FSR. It will be jumping back and forth around the mud holes to allow them to dry out before being graded.”

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!

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June 7 Update

Thanks to Scott Frizzell for the latest Hurley update and photo. Came west over the Hurley Sunday at 10am. Classic Hurley road was rough and great!

Grading has not started yet. Squamish Mills will be grading the full length of the road so expect to see machinery working and please respect their space and slow down.

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!

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May 29 Update

Thanks to the latest Hurley updates from Friday afternoon.

Yos Gladstone “Came over the Hurley into Gold Bridge yesterday afternoon.  The switchbacks on the Pemberton side have a bit of loose gravel. The pass is in relatively good shape, they did a great job of plowing. There are two sections with some decent ruts that are wet.  You need to pick your lines when driving through, it would be an easy spot for a vehicle without 4×4 to get stuck in. Lots of pot holes from there into the Hurley Bridge.  From the Hurley Bridge into town is super smooth. 

Scott Frizzell “Came west over the Hurley today at 4 pm. Good coming out of the BRV, pir hokey up top. One or two rough section in the pass. descent was ok. Thanks for the hard work and all the best to Tom. “

Grading has not started yet. Squamish Mills will be grading the full length of the road so expect to see machinery working and please respect their space and slow down.

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!

Hurley summit. Photo by Yos Gladstone
Hurley summit 4pm Friday. Photo by Scott Frizzell
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Hurley is Open

Thanks to Jim Blair for the first Hurley update and photo of the 2020 summer season! Lots of potholes and wildlife so drive slow. Grading has not started yet. Squamish Mills will be grading the full length of the road so expect to see machinery working and please respect their space and slow down.

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!

Hurley summit 11.30am Wednesday
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Opening Update 2020 #7

This will hopefully be the final opening update! The new contractor has one more day of plowing left and the road should be open for tomorrow (Wednesday). Squamish Mills will be grading the full length of the road so expect to see machinery working and please respect their space and slow down. If something happens and the road will not be ready for tomorrow we will make another post this evening. Thanks to BJ Moore and Sal Demare for keeping us updated on the opening and to Tom and the other contractors who have worked hard to make it happen.

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!

The Hurley will be open Wednesday May 27th
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2020 Opening Update #6

The new contractor moved his cat up to the Hurley and moved Tom’s cat back to Gold Bridge. He got in a day of plowing yesterday and will give us another update tonight.

Yesterday someone attempted to drive the Hurley and got a jeep stuck in the snow up top. Luckily someone else came by and rescued the woman, who was alone. See the full post here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/4wdabc/permalink/10157369956076009/

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2020 Opening Update #5


The Province of BC still advises to restrict travel to communities to essential traffic only. Keep our communities safe and explore BC Later.

Unfortunately things are not going well for Tom this year and yesterday he had an incident and is unable to work for a while. We would like to wish Tom a speedy recovery and thank him for the huge effort he put into opening the road up this year. He had several mechanical issues which he worked at all hours to fix and his efforts are much appreciated.

Another contractor has been contacted and they will be moving their cat up to the Hurley and bring Tom’s down for repairs. It will be a couple of days before the other cat is able to move up there and then a couple more days left for plowing. BJ will give us another update after the new operator starts working.

We would like to share a comment from our local Avalanche Tech, Conny who explains why the conditions are so hard for snow removal this year.

“For the past 15 years Backcountry Snowcats has run a snowcat up and down the Hurley. They have done this to get supplies and to level the snowmobile road for public as well as for their guests. The Pemberton Snowmobile Club has jumped in there in the past three or four years as well grooming and clearing. Late every season the snowcats start peeling the top off the snowpack road. Every pass they push off anywhere from 3-8? reducing the total snow on the road by over half in places. When this is not done the weight of the snow itself will compact deeper layers so much so that at times you struggle to push a knife into it. This season the tourism industry ended abruptly in the middle of March and little if any further snowcat work was done on the road.

Also in snowpack studies we did around around the Hurley we found a layer of snow several feet thick in the middle of the snowpack that was uncharacteristically dense. In general the snow in the Hurley area is about 15-20% more dense than typical for this time of the year. This is just a result of how the storms lined up through the winter in terms of wind, moisture and precipitation amounts.

I’ve had the pleasure of working with Tom and the clearing crew for several years. I’m sure they are more frustrated about the mechanical issues than anyone. I also know they will be up there to finish the job the moment they have their parts…..regardless of the time of day or night.”

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2020 Opening Update #4

Update on the progress of the Hurley opening.
The Province of BC still advises to restrict travel to communities to essential traffic only. Keep our communities safe and explore BC Later.

Update Sunday night. Tom got his cat fixed and unfortunately blew another hose. The shop in Kamloops is closed until Tuesday. We really feel for Tom this year and appreciate everything he has done to get his cat back to work. Another update will be made on Wednesday.

Tom has had some mechanical issues on his cat and that has set him back a couple of days at least. He is currently working on getting new parts and hopes to be back at it tomorrow. There is a lot of deep, hard ice under the snow and these are the hardest conditions he has had to plow. As soon as we know when it will be open it will be posted here. Estimated time of opening will likely be after the long weekend.

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2020 Opening Update #3

Update on the progress of the Hurley opening from BJ Moore, FLNRO.
The Province of BC still advises to restrict travel to communities to essential traffic only. Keep our communities safe and explore BC Later.

The Hurley is still closed to traffic and at this time the estimated opening is unknown (updated Saturday 5.30pm) We will get an update again tomorrow. BJ and Sal have been great this year with lots of communication to post here.

Tom was surprised yesterday when he got to work and there was a wolverine sitting on top of his cat! A good way to start the day! The day was just as expected for ploughing, slow. He only made it just under 1.5km in a 10 hour day. The snow walls ploughed up are 12’-14’ tall and have to be set back a long ways from the road. This is the only way that Tom can clear the single lane for traffic. 

He is close to the summit but the snow is still getting deeper. We’ll see how much faster it goes once he is past the summit and pushing downhill, plus there is way more room to push it off the road on the Pemberton side. But, it still looks like late Saturday is the time of completion.

Please stay off the road. Crews are still working. Squamish Mills will start grading from the Pemberton side soon and they also need space and respect. If flaggers are needed it will use up the summer maintenance budget so please respect the crews working and use common sense. Stay off the road until the work has been complete and give the grader space and drive slow. Thanks!

Tom and his cat
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2020 Opening Update #2

Update on the progress of the Hurley opening from BJ Moore, FLNRO.
The Province of BC still advises to restrict travel to communities to essential traffic only. Keep our communities safe and explore BC Later.

The Hurley is still closed to traffic and at this time the estimated opening is late on Saturday. We will get an update again in the coming days.

Tom made good progress on Tuesday and is in 5 ½ ‘ of snow and around 1.8km from the Summit. However, with the depth of the snow and difficult ice layer, it is going a little slower than he expected. The next two days will be the toughest ones for ploughing as it is flatter and deeper/heavy snow. Even after the summit, and pushing downhill, there are still a few kms of snow remaining. Its clear now that this ice layer is why all this snow is remaining.
 
Someone tried to climb up the Pemberton side and got stuck and Tom had to pull them out. 2 vehicles drove up from the Gold Bridge side and demanded that they be let through.

Please stay off the road. Crews are still working. Squamish Mills will start grading from the Pemberton side soon and they also need space and respect. If flaggers are needed it will use up the summer maintenance budget so please respect the crews working and use common sense. Stay off the road until the work has been complete and give the grader space and drive slow. Thanks!
 

Tom and his cat
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