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Trans-Canada Highway will be closed for multiple days next week near Golden

The Trans-Canada Highway through Kicking Horse Canyon in B.C. is seen in this aerial photo taken in September, 2015.
September 18, 2021 - 11:05 AM

Those travelling on the Trans-Canada Highway next week will have to take an alternative route as construction continues to expand the highway at Kicking Horse Canyon.

An extended multi-day 24-hour highway closure will be in effect from 12 p.m. Sept. 20 to 12 p.m. Sept. 24 to the east of Golden. Drivers must use Highways 93S and 95.

Phase 4 of the Kicking Horse Canyon Project lies between the previously completed Phase 3 West (Golden Hill to West Portal) and Phase 1 (Yoho Bridge) sections, according to the province.

The goal of the project is to upgrade approximately 4.8 kilometres of highway through the most challenging section of the canyon to improve safety.

The project will: realign 13 curves and widen the highway to four lanes with median barrier and wider shoulders to accommodate cyclists, mitigate rockfall and avalanche hazards with bridges, rock catchment ditches and other measures and add wildlife exclusion fencing and wildlife passage opportunities to reduce vehicle-animal collisions, according to the province.

The total project cost for Phase 4 is estimated at $601 million. The project is cost-shared, with the Government of Canada contributing $215 million.

For more information on the Kicking Horse Canyon project, visit the B.C. government’s website.


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