Traffic was delayed for two hours on the Trans-Canada Highway in Goldstream Park Saturday afternoon after a large slab of rock fell from a cliff onto the northbound lane.
The slide of about 500 kilograms of rock landed on the first curve heading into Goldstream Park, just north of Ice Cream Mountain.
It was “very fortunate” that no one was hurt, said Cpl. Antonio Hernandez of West Shore RCMP.
“Our members were enroute on an unrelated matter and stumbled upon it,” Hernandez said.
West Shore RCMP and Langford fire department firefighters stopped traffic and Mainroad road crews cleared the rubble.
A Transportation Ministry engineer was called to check the cliff face for stability, but the analysis was inconclusive. A geotechnical expert was called in about 5:30 p.m. to give another opinion.
Traffic was stopped in both directions and some detouring motorists generated gridlock on Finlayson Arm Road. Traffic will be restricted to single-lane alternating until the area is deemed safe.
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