The Coquihalla Highway
(British Columbia Provincial Highway 5) is a four to six-lane freeway
that runs through the Coast Mountains
of British Columbia
from Hope, British Columbia, to Kamloops, British Columbia
, over the Coquihalla Pass. It is approximately 156km
long. The road is often closed to to heavy snow in winter. It opened in 1986
. A $10 (Canadian Dollars
) toll is charged on the road.
In 2003, Premier Gordon Campbell announced that his government was going to turn over the operation and maintenance of the road, as well as the toll revenue to a private operator. The public and numerous buisinesses in the interior of British Columbia were enraged over this, so the plan was shelved three months after it was announced, due to the intense public opposition.