Commuters have found themselves stuck either in or out of the Tofino-Ucluelet region Tuesday afternoon as rock blasting debris shut down Hwy. 4 in both directions around noon. (Westerly file photo)

UPDATED: Tofino-Ucluelet highway reopens after blasting debris causes third closure this month

Hwy. 4 reopened around 4 p.m.

Rock blasting debris shut down the only highway connecting the Tofino-Ucluelet region to the rest of Vancouver Island for the third time in two weeks Tuesday afternoon.

DriveBC reported the closure around noon on Tuesday, May 19, and it reopened around 4 p.m.

The blasting is being done as part of the provincial and federal government’s joint $38 million Kennedy Hill Safety Improvements project.

Similar blasting incidents recently shut the highway down for several hours on May 8 and again on May 11.



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