Hurley Road Maintenance

A third round of Forest Employment Program funding will be used starting in August to provide road bed material.  The new funding will see two areas for pits created on each side of the summit, grinders brought in and road bed created and laid down.  The funding is $400,000.  The bids will be out in August for the grinder contracts and then as material is created it will get layed down.

The first round of FEP funding was for brushing, ditching, and gathering road bed material, the second round was to spread the road bed material.

This will bring the total funding since 2020 for road bed improvements, brushing, ditching etc to $640,000. Hopefully a lot will be done this year depending on the weather.

Big thanks to the perseverance of our Regional District Director Sal Demare and the SLRD Board of Directors.  There has also been support from our MLA Jackie Tegart, the Ministry Roads Manager, Bridge River Mechanical Contracting, and also the Cascades Forest District Manager as she drove it and saw that there were sections that needed new material.

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. 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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July 22 Update

Grading is underway on the Hurley and the first 6km from Gold Bridge was done yesterday. Please respect the machines working and pass responsibly when they have seen you. Grading exposes sharp rocks and increases the chance of flat tires so be prepared!

Thanks to Chuck for this latest update. Just came down the Hurley from Bralorne (via East Hurley) on Thursday July 21. Overall, the road is in pretty good shape. The east Hurley has a couple of small overflows where the stream is running over the road, but nothing deeper than 1’ or wider than 6’ to cross. The washout towards the steel bridge is fully repaired and in good shape.
The main Hurley starting from the steel bridge towards Pemberton is in good shape with a few pot holes and rough sections until you approach the summit. The summit area near the Semaphore lakes trailhead is a bit soft and has more pot holes than the middle, but nothing too terrible. This big hill going down to the Pemberton meadows is better than the summit but not as good as the middle section. The switch backs are rougher on the top half and get better near the bottom. The best part of the whole route is the Lillooet FSR. Recently graded and very smooth.
Again, overall in pretty good shape. Lots of traffic when I came up on Sunday and again on Thursday coming out.  Chuck.

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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July 4th Update

The East Hurley washout from the last post has been repaired and the road is open. Thanks to Dan for the latest update and photos. Hurley road conditions are fine. Lillooet River is high. Currently raining, expect mud and slippery conditions.

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!

Lillooet River July 4th
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June 30th Update

Update July 1st – The east Hurley washout has been fixed and is open!

The latest Hurley update and photos are in! Thanks to Carol and Richard for sending it in. The road will be busy this weekend so take your time and enjoy the view. Safe travels to all!

We had a message from a local property owner who left his commuter bicycle on the Hurley and it has gone missing. Please keep an eye out for it or if you know anything please contact him directly or send us a message.

Lost bicycle. Someone took my bicycle off the Hurley  since it opened. It is a 15 inch frame Norco CCM Canadian tire bike. Nothing special but it got me across the Hurley.  It is red with black writing. Text me if you can or email back. Thank you in advance for any help,  My name is Free, 6049664365

We traveled from Squamish yesterday in our stock Jeep Rubicon up the Hurley for the first time. We were expecting way worse road conditions but the Hurley was in good shape. We had no issues. There is, however, a washout about 4km up on the road to Bralorne (East Hurley). We had to backtrack and in our opinion the washout is deep and not passable. The north road into Gold Bridge and Bralorne is in good condition.
Hope this is helpful.
Enjoy!
Carol & Richard

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 23 Update

Thanks to Debbie Demare for the Hurley update: Dry with potholes and mud in summit area. Large sections graded and reasonable shape on rest. Lots of traffic at 3 pm on a Thursday. The 3 washouts on lower switchbacks (same creek) have been roughly fixed ( last fall).

Thanks to Chris Winter for the East Hurley (to Bralorne) update: I drove the East Hurley last night and it was barely passable due to a creek washing out the road. I would not be surprised if it was impassable today.

The East Hurley washout has been reported to Dawson Roads. This does not impact travel to Gold Bridge.

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 June 23 photo by Debbie Demare
East Hurley washout – photo by Chris Winter
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Hurley is open to 4×4

Plowing went better than expected today and Bridge River Valley Mechanical Contracting has completed snow clearing and the Hurley is open! It is 4×4 only and not suitable for trailers until it fully melts out. The road is single lane with pullouts for 4.8km so drive slow and expect oncoming traffic. The crew will be working on it again next week so please give them space to work and pass carefully.

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!

The Hurley is open for the summer season
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Opening Update #6

Plowing has started on the Hurley but it is not open yet. Please do not attempt to drive it until the contractor gives us the go ahead.

Bridge River Valley Mechanical is the contractor this year and they are working hard to get it done. There is still a lot of snow at the summit and a lot of cross cutting to do. Today the road surface that has been cleared will be graded. Opening should be for next week sometime and as soon as it is open we will post an update.

The Hurley is still closed to vehicles
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Opening Update #5

Sal Demare advised us that the contractor will start grading and plowing the Hurley on Monday. Please do not attempt to drive it until further notice. The snow is still too deep at the summit and you will get stuck. Also please don’t drive up to see how the work is going, it will be finished faster if everyone leaves the contractors to do their work. We will update on the site as soon as we hear that work is completed and the road is open.

Tom and his cat
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Opening Update #4

Latest update from FLNRO via Sal Demare. “We are in the process of actioning the grading and plowing contracts for the Hurley. The Avy tech said the avalanche hazard has reduced to a point that the equipment can now start operating on the FSR. By June 11th the hazard will be acceptably low for the travelling public. Later we will have more details on when the plowing will start.”

The Hurley is still closed to vehicles
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Opening Update #3

Update just in from the Avy Tech. He thinks the Green Mountain avalanche cycle will happen this week. He will be doing a flight to confirm the predicted slide activity later in the week. Thanks to Sal Demare for the update!

Green Mountain Avalanche slide paths from a previous year
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Opening Update #2

Thanks to Sal Demare for getting this latest update from FLNRO.
“The avalanche tech said the spring avalanche cycle has not occurred yet.  Worker and public safety has been considered, so the Hurley FSR won’t be plowed open prior to the Victoria Day long weekend.  The Hurley plowing will be assessed in June.”
Another update will be provided when more information is available.

The Green Mountain snow pillow graph is showing that snow levels are still above average. Do not attempt to drive the Hurley, there is still 10 feet of snow at the summit and you will not make it and likely get stuck!

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Opening Update

It’s that time of the year when everyone is asking the question “When will the Hurley open?” The snow pack is above average this year so the spring thaw is estimated to be a few weeks behind last year. This means that avalanche danger could delay opening. More information about the snow pack and opening will be provided in early May.

Green Mountain snow pack levels
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Culvert Repair Dec 14

We received this update from Backcountry Snowcats about some maintenance.
The heavy rains on Dec. 1st caused some drainage damage on the Hurley FSR. Work will start Tuesday Dec 14 to fix the blocked culverts at 1, 1.5 and 7 km. There could be short delays for snowmobile traffic during the day. It is anticipated work will be completed by end of day Dec 14. Thank you for your patience.

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Nov 10 Hurley Closed

It looks like the Hurley is closed to vehicle traffic for the year and sled season has started. Thanks to Matt J for the update and photos. Loaded my sled at snowline at 8km. Undriveable past Branch 12 turnoff.

Looks like a great day up there. Play safe this winter and always check the avalanche forecast before heading over.

Photos by Matt J
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Nov 8 Update

It’s getting to that time of the year where the Hurley is closed for most drivers and only the people fully prepared for deep snow and self rescue should be driving. More snow is in the forecast for tonight.

Thanks to Tennyson for an update from 6am today driving with studded 35″ winter tires. Snow starts at 6km on the Pemberton side. The snow at the summit is deep and gets deeper on the north side to Face Mt area. Driving conditions are spicy and one lane only. Passing another vehicle will be challenging.

This site is user maintained so keep the emails coming to info@bridgerivervalley.ca. Thanks to everyone who has sent in photos and updates this year.

If you choose to drive the Hurley at this time of the year be prepared to experience all kinds of weather and winter driving conditions.  Winter driving skills, 4×4, chains and good snow tires are essential for travel.  A survival/safety kit are good things to carry in your truck.   Conditions can change fast at anytime up there with the fluctuating temperatures & weather.  Current conditions may not be reported on this site. 

Deep snow at the summit at 6am – photo by Tennyson
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