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British Columbia Highway 31

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Highway 31 marker

Highway 31

Route information
Maintained by British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
Existed1973–present
Highway 31
Length175 km[1] (109 mi)
South end Hwy 3A in Balfour
Major intersections Hwy 31A in Kaslo
North end Hwy 23 in Galena Bay
Highway 31A
Length47 km[1] (29 mi)
West end Hwy 6 in New Denver
East end Hwy 31 in Kaslo
Location
CountryCanada
ProvinceBritish Columbia
Highway system
Hwy 30 Hwy 33

Highway 31 is a minor north–south highway through the Selkirk Mountains in British Columbia, Canada. The highway first gained its number in 1973, and it is one of the few numbered highways in the province that is not fully paved. Highway 31 has a total distance of 175 km (109 mi) — 37 km (23 mi) along Kootenay Lake between Balfour (a junction with Highway 3A) and Kaslo (a junction with Highway 31A), 106 km (66 mi) north along Kootenay Lake north of Kaslo, then the Duncan and Lardeau Rivers and the north shore of Trout Lake, and 32 km (20 mi) between the northwest end of Trout Lake and Galena Bay, where it ends at Highway 23.

The highway is a gravel road between Meadow Creek at the north end of Kootenay Lake and Trout Lake. Care should be taken when driving the route as it is narrow and has drop offs into Trout Lake north of Gerrard.

The section between Lardeau and Gerrard was possibly a part of a railway. The railway was converted into a highway in 1942 or early 1943 as part of a rail-to-road conversion project. The work took only two months to complete.[2]

Highway 31A

Highway 31's main spur, Highway 31A, which also opened in 1973, is 47 km (29 mi) long, connecting Highway 31 at Kaslo to Highway 6 at New Denver.

References

  1. ^ a b Landmark Kilometre Inventory (PDF). British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (Report). Cypher Consulting. July 2016. pp. 357–363. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-03-11. Retrieved 2017-03-29.
  2. ^ British Columbia Ministry of Public Works (1944). Report of the Minister of Public Works for the Fiscal Year 1942/43 (Report). Victoria: Government of British Columbia. Retrieved 21 Feb 2022. |page=32


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