Rockslide snarls northbound traffic on Hwy. 1 on Vancouver Island

A rockslide brought northbound traffic to a halt on Highway 1 on Vancouver Island Sunday morning.

The rocks came crashing into the northbound lanes of the highway around 10:45 a.m. at West Shore Parkway in Langford, just south of the Ice Cream Mountain entrance to Goldstream Park.

West Shore RCMP confirmed no one was injured when the rocks came down and no accidents have been reported.

The southbound lane remains open but traffic is moving slowly.

Emcon Services, the road and bridge contractor for southern Vancouver Island, said the northbound lane is closed between West Shore Parkway and Finlayson Arm Road.

A loader and dump trucks were dispatched to clear the rocks from the road, and flaggers have set up single-lane alternating traffic around the slide.

Northbound traffic is now being allowed through, but crews are closing the stretch for 20 minutes at a time as they work.

RCMP is advising drivers headed to the Malahat to re-route through Millstream Road.

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