"Coquihalla is OPEN": DriveBC explains why you can't always trust Google Maps

Jul 7 2022, 7:33 pm

No need to take any drastic detours when travelling along Highway 5 towards Merritt… even though Google Maps may suggest the road is closed.

On Wednesday, Drive BC posted to Twitter to warn drivers that Google Maps inaccurately listed that Highway 5 was closed between Hope and Merritt. 

“We’re big fans of Google maps, but it sometimes makes mistakes!”

So the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is clarifying, saying, “The Coquihalla is OPEN.”

The ministry shared an edited screenshot of the map that claimed a road closure on the highway going north was closed until August 31.

“Google Maps, which is not linked to ministry information sources and may rely on data such as cell phone pings, can displays incorrect information,” Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure said in an email statement to Daily Hive.

For future reference, it’s best to double-check your routes before heading out by visiting DriveBC.ca or reaching out to DriveBC on Twitter

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