Highway 1 finally reopens after leaving travellers stranded in Canmore

Oct 3 2018, 4:29 pm

And we thought we had it bad in Calgary.

Hundreds of vehicles have been trapped in Kananaskis Country following Monday night’s sudden snowfall, causing a shortage in available accommodations and multiple collisions along Highway 1.

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Some drivers were waiting for upwards of 10 hours in traffic on Highway 1 heading east before an official closure was called, and they were then transported back to Canmore by emergency personnel.

Warming stations were set up in the city’s high school that provided cots, coffee, snacks, and chairs, but as Wednesday morning the travellers remained stuck in Canmore.

Thankfully, an update came in from 511 Alberta just before 11 am stating that traffic has finally been getting through.

Travellers, some of whom were facing more than 24 hours of delay, have understandably been upset.

Some travellers have stated that taking Highway 1A east to Seebe and then heading south to link back up to Highway 1 has been working, but that the road is in icy conditions.

The last official word on Highway 1A was from 9 am stating that it was closed due to jack-knifed semi-trucks, though that appears to be only for the stretch of highway after the Seebe turnoff.


Traffic on Highway 1 (Google Maps)

Stranded travellers can keep up to date on any Highway 1 updates by keeping an eye on 511 Alberta.

… Though they probably have already been doing that for the past day and a half.

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