Transportation Minister Todd Stone was in Golden late last month, and gave an update on the final phase of the Kicking Horse Canyon project, which he says will be underway within the next five years.
The final phase will cover four kilometres of Highway 1 east of Golden, and is estimated at $450 million.
“I’ve been a broken record about this project,” said Stone during a meeting with the Kicking Horse Country Chamber of Commerce.
“I’m very optimistic we’ll have something to say soon.”
The Province has been discussing the project with the federal government, stressing the national importance of the highway, which keeps the $2 billion trade economy moving.
“I think we’re winning that argument,” added Stone.
Rumours have circulated that during construction, traffic would detour south to Radium, then through Golden.
Ministry staff assured those in attendance that this was not the case, and traffic would continue to flow on Highway 1.