Portion of Icefields Parkway to be closed until Thursday

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As early as noon today, Parks Canada is closing the Icefields Parkway through to the evening of March 18 to allow for extensive avalanche control work.

The highway will be closed from Athabasca Falls to Saskatchewan River Crossing. The day-use area at Athabasca Falls will remain accessible.

“We find it more effective when we close the whole section,” said Steve Young, spokesperson for Jasper National Park.

“Parks Canada avalanche control forecasters are keeping a close eye on snow conditions on the Icefields Parkway (Highway 93) and Maligne Lake Road in Jasper National Park,” he explained in an email.

“The continuing trend of warm temperatures has already resulted in some snow releases onto the roadway. This shows that the snowpack can become unstable and avalanche control is required to maintain safe traveling on the roadway.”

There are times when it’s difficult to change plans. To this, Young said, “If you must travel, the best time to go this time of year, is in the morning, before things start to melt” or late evening.

Young advised folks to check 511.alberta.ca as well as Jasper National Park’s Facebook and Twitter feeds, for more information as the weather changes.

Joanne McQuarrie, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Jasper Fitzhugh