Highway 20 is closed in both directions due to a small washout west of the Sheep Creek Bridge. Brittany Elkins photo

Highway 20 is closed in both directions due to a small washout west of the Sheep Creek Bridge. Brittany Elkins photo

Update: Highway 20 re-opens west of Williams Lake

Highway 20 is now open 22 kilometres west of Williams Lake

Update: Highway 20 west of Williams Lake is now open.

Drive BC is reporting there is debris on the road, but the road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic with up to 20 minute delays.

Original story:

Highway 20 is closed in both directions 22 kilometres west of the junction at Highway 97 in Williams Lake due to debris on the road, west of the Sheep Creek Bridge, Drive BC is reporting Thursday afternoon.

Drive BC’s estimated time of opening is 6 p.m.

While DriveBC said there is no detour available, another way to travel across the Fraser River is by using the Rudy Johnson Bridge, via Meldrum Creek Road.

Staff Sgt. Del Byron of the Williams Lake RCMP said there have been no injuries and no vehicles were involved in this incident.

Byron said this latest mudslide is just down from the mudslide last year that closed the road for several weeks.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure said the cause of the closure was a mudslide.

“Minimal debris covered the highway, and crews have worked diligently to clear the surface,” the spokesperson noted in an e-mail, adding the slide was due to the spring freshet.

Crews will be monitoring the site throughout the night to ensure no further incidents take place.

Travellers are encouraged to check DriveBC.ca for the latest updates.

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