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Expect extended closures of Trans-Canada in Kicking Horse Canyon this fall

The Kicking Horse Canyon Phase 4 project is nearing completion and the final construction push this fall requires the full extended closure of Highway 1 for two periods totalling 17 days.
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The Trans-Canada Highway in Kicking Horse Canyon will be closed for a total of 17 days this fall in the final push to get the major highway improvement project finished.

The closures between Golden and Castle Junction on the Alberta side of the provincial border are part of the final phase of construction to turn that stretch of highway from two to four lanes.

The first multi-day closure will be from Sept. 18 to 22, and the second will be from Sep. 25 to Oct. 6, according to Ministry of Transportation media release issued today, Sept. 11. The detour along highways 93S and 95 will add about an hour and a half to travel times.

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The highway is expected to be open by the Thanksgiving long weekend which begins Oct. 7.

Drivers should be aware of half-hour stoppages as well as overnight closures for the rest of the fall as construction crews work to finish the project.

During the upcoming multi-day closures local residents will be able to arrange for passage through the area twice a day at 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. These closures will not affect school buses so children will be able to go to school uninterrupted. 

These closures are part of a bigger project to make Highway 1 four lanes wide between Kamloops and Alberta. The ministry says Kicking Horse Canyon is some of the most difficult terrain in this highway expansion project.

Find out more about the closures and the construction project here.

For up-to-date highway travel information, check DriveBC here.

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