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Temporary solution on way for Highway 17A overpass lane closure

Drivers have had to detour or take an alternate route since the collision last month
The Delta Chamber of Commerce had also called for the opening one of the northbound lanes to southbound traffic.

A temporary solution soon will be implemented to alleviate the southbound lane closure on the Highway 17A overpass in Delta.

Mayor George Harvie told the Optimist Tuesday afternoon that he received an assurance from B.C. Transportation Minster Rob Fleming that the temporary measure to allow traffic in both directions will be implemented by later today (Aug. 1) or tomorrow (Aug. 2).

The existing open lanes are to be utilized so that at least one of the northbound lanes is available for southbound commuters, said Harvie.

Crews are already reportedly on the scene making preparations.

A commercial truck headed south on Highway 99 crashed into the overpass on July 18, damaging two girders and closing the southbound lanes indefinitely until repairs are done, which as the Optimist has previously reported, could take months before there is a final fix in place.

Editor's note: The Optimist will have more on this developing story in the coming days online and in Thursday's print edition.