$64 million upgrade to Trans-Canada Highway complete

More sections of the Kicking Horse Canyon Project have been completed.

  • Thu Nov 17th, 2011 2:00pm
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Picture left is Ron Oszust

Leanne Flood

Stakeholder Relations

Kicking Horse Canyon Project

The completion of the Brake Check to Yoho Park section brings the total completed length of improvements to 17.8 kilometres out of the 26-kilometre Kicking Horse Canyon Project total.

Safety has been greatly improved with concrete median barrier to reduce the risk of head-on crashes, accommodation of cyclists on 3-metre wide shoulders, an overpass arrangement at Wapta/Beaverfoot Road for safer and more effective access, and wildlife fencing with three special crossings to protect against collisions with wildlife.

This 8.8-kilometre segment was also upgraded to four lanes and the Mt. Hunter Creek Bridge was replaced.

The crew ranged from 75-125 people on site at construction peak times, resulting in a significant local investment in local hired equipment, construction materials, fuel, meals and lodging, equalling millions of dollars for the local economy.

The cost of improving this section of the Trans-Canada Highway was shared between the Province of British Columbia and Government of Canada.