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Northern B.C. highway reopens

09/16/2011 11:21 EDT | Updated 01/12/2012 01:34 EST

Highway 37A to B.C.'s North Coast has been reopened to limited traffic, re-establishing the only land route to a small village on the B.C.-Alaska border.

Torrential rain washed out several sections of road on the Alaska Highway Sept. 6, but it's now been partially repaired, says Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Blair Lekstrom.

Because there is still a lot of work to be done on the highway, the road will be open to limited traffic only, with scheduled highway openings, according to officials.

The highway will be open during daylight hours, and pilot cars will be used to navigate motorists along the highway.

"Crews have worked extremely hard to get us to a point where we can reopen highway access to Stewart. There is still a lot of work to do, but given the extent of damage, it's remarkable that crews have been able to accomplish so much over these past 10 days," said Lekstrom.

The partial repair of the road comes as a relief to the tiny village of Stewart, B.C., which was running low on food supplies after being cut off from the rest of the country due to the road washout.

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