Trans-Canada Highway in British Columbia near the Alberta border to be closed for one month of construction stoppage

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A major and highly anticipated construction project along the Trans-Canada Highway near the BC-Alberta border is expected to start on Monday.

The project will see 4.8 km of the highway through Kicking Horse Canyon near the community of Golden upgraded to modern standards.

According to British Columbia officials, this section of road is the most technically difficult section of Highway 1 in British Columbia and the upgrades will make it safer for motorists.

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However, phase four of the highway project – which will see 13 realigned curves and the highway widened to four lanes – will also involve this stretch of road being closed to traffic for a month.

The closure will take place from April 12 to May 14. In addition, for the last fortnight of May, there will be 24 hour closures on weekdays, with the exception of the Victoria Day holiday.

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According to the Department of Transportation, during these times, cross-Canada traffic between Golden and Castle Junction will be rerouted via Highways 93S and 95. These detours will add up to 90 minutes of additional travel time.

Road signs will provide advance notification of the closure and alternative routes will also be posted.

Construction begins next week on the notorious stretch of Highway 1

Construction begins next week on the notorious stretch of Highway 1

“This extended shutdown aims to minimize travel disruption during peak summer and winter periods by doing as much work as possible at night and other off-peak times,” the ministry said in a press release.

Phase 4 will also see the installation of central median barriers, widened highway shoulders to accommodate cyclists, as well as fences and passageways for wildlife.

“We are excited to move forward with major improvements on the Trans-Canada Highway to the Alberta border to make travel better and safer for people who live and work in the region,” said British Columbia Transportation Minister Rob Fleming said.

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“This is the fourth and final phase of Kicking Horse Canyon, and we know this work will significantly improve this difficult stretch of Highway 1, especially for all commercial truckers who use this corridor regularly.

“Once the work is completed, everyone who takes this route will benefit.”

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The ministry says Kicking Horse Canyon sees more than 12,000 vehicles per day during the summer, 30% of which are utility vehicles.

The first three phases transformed 21 km from what was a narrow, winding two-lane highway into a modern four-lane highway. The fourth phase should be practically completed in the winter of 2023-24.

The ministry noted that during extended closures, a commuter pass system will allow local commuters and essential traffic to be escorted through the construction zone during two brief peak periods.

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Similar escorts will be provided for school buses so that students have uninterrupted access to the school.

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“This is a very exciting project for our community,” said Golden Mayor Ron Oszust. “While we recognize that there will be challenges along the way over the next few years, we will also see opportunities.

“The traffic diversions will bring new travelers to our downtown area and most importantly, once completed, there will be a much safer and more accessible route to the community of Golden and the province of British Columbia for our residents. and visitors.

The ministry says the project will cost $ 601 million, with the federal government providing $ 215 million and the province funding the remaining $ 386 million.

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