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Partial washout on Highway 93N

Icefields Parkway motorists can expect delays and the possibility of unexpected road closures after a section of the southbound lane collapsed on Thursday evening.
Icefield Parkway washout
Icefields Parkway motorists can expect delays and the possibility of unexpected road closures after a section of the southbound lane of Highway 93N collapsed on Thursday evening (Aug. 11). PHOTO COURTESY OF PARKS CANADA

Icefields Parkway motorists can expect delays and the possibility of unexpected road closures after a section of the southbound lane of Highway 93N collapsed on Thursday evening (Aug. 11).

The North Saskatchewan River breached its banks, causing erosion on the Icefields Parkway near the Rampart Creek Campground approximately 18 kilometres north of the Saskatchewan River Crossing.

A section of approximately 34 metres of the shoulder and the southbound lane were affected.

“It is believed that the river levels are a result of the late season snowpack, along with unseasonably high temperatures,” said a Parks Canada spokesperson from the Lake Louise, Kootenay, and Yoho region.

Single lane alternating traffic will remain in effect. Parks Canada crews are on site working to stabilize and repair the road. An estimate for when the work would be completed could not be offered as of Friday afternoon.

The spokesperson added conditions may change and travellers should check 511.alberta.ca for updates and prepare for new developments.

Scott Hayes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
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