By Daniel Betts
Update 11:26 p.m.
As of 3:55 p.m. Highway 16 near Tete Jaune, B.C. at the site of the Leona Creek Mudslide has re-opened to single lane alternating traffic.
The highway eastbound to Jasper re-opened to single-lane alternating traffic at 11:13 p.m.
Today, prior to the highway opening, 5th Avenue, from Highway 5, was choked with the vehicles of stranded travellers waiting for Highway 16 toward Jasper, Alta. to open. Large semi-trailers could be seen parked up and down Highway 5 from as far south as the Valemount Best Western all the way past the Visitors Information Centre, an approximately two-kilometre stretch of highway. Bored stranded travellers were seen wandering up and down 5th Avenue, taking pictures and looking generally lost.
On the side of the roads tents were being erected. Strangely, a party of travelling medieval swordsmen were seen fencing on the side of 5th Avenue near the Super 8 Valemount, killing time while they waited for news about the highway.
Information flyers were handed out to stranded travellers by village volunteers. The Valemount Visitors Information Centre remained open late so stranded travellers could make use of the public washrooms.
The Valemount RCMP organizing an orderly dispersal of stranded traffic from Valemount, B.C. in an effort to avoid congestion following the opening of the highway.