Sea-to-Sky Highway reopens ahead of schedule

| 8/6/2008

The Sea-to-Sky Highway reopened Saturday, Aug. 2, ahead of schedule. Originally, it was estimated that it would take five days to remove the debris and reopen the road following a rock slide.

A huge landslide on July 29 buried two lanes of Highway 99 that connect Vancouver with Squamish and Whistler. A massive pile of rock and debris had to be cleared.

The Journal of Commerce reported that the cause of the rock slide has not yet been determined, but geotechnical engineers believe a long period of hot, dry weather followed by a few days of rain triggered the natural disaster.

The Sea-to-Sky Highway has been undergoing extensive widening and upgrading at a cost of more than $600 million, in preparation for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and Whistler.