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British Columbia highway may be reopened Sunday

Associated Press - August 2, 2008 3:45 PM ET

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - British Columbia experts say the main highway for the 2010 Winter Olympics is set to be reopened Sunday.

Highway 99 between Vancouver and Whistler, the Sea-to-Sky Highway, is being cleared following the collapse of a cliff face late Tuesday night. Both lanes of the winding road were buried in rock near Porteau Cove, south of Squamish.

The province's chief engineering technician, Mike Oliver, says road crews are making good progress, blasting apart huge boulders and trucking away the rock. He pegs the cost of the work at about $1,000 an hour.

Oliver says several hundred tons of the rock will be used at construction sites.

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