New webcam added to DriveBC

Bridal Falls view could alleviate highway congestion

There’s another new camera keeping an eye on road conditions in B.C. The newest DriveBC webcam began streaming live from the Bridal Falls exit on Highway 1 this week.

The camera is positioned at the exit, facing east toward Hope.

The provincial government issued a release about the new camera, saying it will give drivers a chance to check their route before hitting the road. The hope is that drivers will avoid already congested routes, or adverse weather conditions, when possible.

The stretch of highway near Bridal Falls has become congested on many occasions in recent months, with several major vehicle collisions, ongoing road work and a mudslide on June 29.

The alternative route between Chilliwack and Hope is Highway 9 to Highway 7, bypassing Agassiz.

The Bridal Falls webcam is one of 30 cameras being added to the DriveBC website this year, which will bring the total number to more than 200 cameras.

Priority for new web cameras is given to routes prone to extreme weather or traffic congestion, and for sites where there isn’t already a nearby webcam. Other cameras recently added to this area include Highway 1 at Hunter Creek and Highway 7 at Evergreen in Agassiz.

“The new web camera at Bridal Falls is a welcome addition to the existing network of cameras on the DriveBC website. I encourage drivers to use this terrific resource while travelling through our beautiful province,” said Chilliwack-Hope MLA Barry Penner.

View current webcam images on DriveBC at www.drivebc.ca.