Kicking Horse Canyon Project Phase 4 team presents highway closure plan to Golden

By Keri Sculland

With files from The Golden Star

Golden residents had many questions and concerns for Kicking Horse Canyon Project representatives at a public meeting hosted on October 30.

The final phase of the Kicking Horse Canyon Project is set to begin in spring 2020, and includes tentative plans and timelines for construction traffic management. Closures of Highway 1 (the Trans-Canada Highway)are expected during off-peak times, and the use of Highways 93 and 95 will detour traffic during those closures.

More than 300 people attended the information sessions between 4 and 8 p.m. on October 30.

“The Phase 4 team presented some of the strategies they’ve come up with to deal with the traffic,” said Town of Golden Mayor Ron Oszust.

Kicking Horse Canyon Project Phase 4 executive project director Murray Tekano ensured residents that Highway 93 and 95 could handle upwards of 6,500 vehicles per day of diverted traffic during Trans-Canada Highway closures.

“That’s all within the capacity of those two lanes and within the ability of the passing lanes,” Tekano said at the meeting. “It’s not going to be clogged up, but that being said there were recommendations for some enhancements.”

Traffic is expected to grow rapidly on the alternative routes, and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI) says more advanced signage on things like wildlife crossing and school bus stops will be needed. MOTI also said they plan to install a traffic light at 7 Street N. and 10th Avenue N.

“Putting a signal in the right place can actually generate gaps in traffic down the stream, so that’s what this is designed to do,” Tekano said.

MOTI has been working with community stakeholders to generate the best plan for closures during the Phase 4 construction.

“I know that people might think that with more traffic, you might generate more probability of things happening, but the emergency [responders] have been giving us advice,” Tekano said. “And the other concern is the chance of an unfamiliar driver encountering something that they aren’t experienced with, such as encountering an animal.”

MOTI presented studies and simulations to attendees, showing what the traffic will look like, and also unveiled a plan that would widen both sides of the Kicking Horse River bridge that runs through town, giving trucks more room on either side to make the approach to the bridge.

At the south entrance to the bridge, the raised pedestrian area would be eliminated. At the north end, the sides of the road would be widened, explained Oszust.

“This is where you’re going to feel the traffic change the most, getting on and off the highway, and crossing the highway, and feeling like you can do those things safely,” Tekano said. “So we are ensuring that at least through both signage improvements and in the case of the intersections at the bridge, we can improve the opportunity for people to cross the highway safely and minimize disruptions…

“It will really enhance the way that that functions. It’ll allow commercial vehicles because it will be very wide, it’ll allow them to manoeuvre without over tracking, and they won’t be trying to be too far into the centre line. That’s what causes the to get to close together sometimes, when one has to stop to let the other one go, so that’ll reduce the amount of times that happens. We think it’s really gonna make a big difference at that intersection.”

Talks from the ministry also included the British Columbia Infrastructure Benefits program, which hires qualified tradespeople and apprentices and focuses on locals, women, Indigenous people, and apprentices to work on the project.

“This is a project that while it’s going to be great when it’s finished, everyone needs to be a part of it, so we’re really welcoming input. I don’t want to say it’s always good. Issues do come up. I know there’s a lot of heartfelt ideas that are brought to the table, so the townspeople are really doing well in my opinion,” Tekano said.

Just Posted

Music at the Hangar

On Sunday November 17 at 2 p.m., the Golden Seniors Centre will… Continue reading

BCTF rejects mediator’s recommendations for settlement

Negotiations between B.C. teachers and the province will continue

Decorated army veteran leads Golden Remembrance Day Parade

After tours in Cyprus, Bosnia, and three tours in Afghanistan, Kevin Bannister… Continue reading

Turning back the pages: Please remember

From the Concise Oxford Dictionary, Remembrance: Remembering or being remembered, memory, recollection.… Continue reading

Metis Week recognizes Golden’s roots

Starting on November 10, Golden will be acknowledging Metis Week, a week… Continue reading

VIDEO: Canadian allergists’ group wants Benadryl behind the counter due to side effects

Some doctors say the medication is over-used because of its easy availability

Yelling at your dog might hurt its long-term mental health: study

Researchers find dogs trained using negative reinforcement are more ‘pessimistic’

Vancouver Island soap company releases Lucky Lager beer soap

Beer-infused olive oil soap comes out just in time for holiday shopping

Jagmeet Singh says he’ll vote against throne speech if NDP requests not met

Singh is to meet with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday

Community uses loophole to paint 16 rainbow crosswalks after B.C. council says no

So far 11 rainbows are painted and five planned, all since council denied the first proposal in September

Workers’ camp at LNG facility in Kitimat takes shape

Extensive worker camp now being assembled

Former B.C. youth pastor guilty on one of five sexual assault allegations

Judge cites reasonable doubt in finding Cloverdale couple not guilty of majority of charges

238 and counting: Vancouver gelato shop sets Guinness World record for most flavours

Vince Misceo has come up with 588 different flavours over the decades

Killer who fled to Taiwan day after shooting B.C. man over $80 sentenced 13 years later

The sentence comes 13 years after Shaoxin Zhang, 19, was killed in a Burnaby parking lot

Most Read