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Kicking Horse Canyon safety upgrades nearly complete

DCN-JOC News Services
Kicking Horse Canyon safety upgrades nearly complete

GOLDEN, B.C. – After three years of work, the conversion of the last two-lane section of the Trans-Canada Highway in the Kicking Horse Canyon east of Golden into a four-lane highway is nearing completion.

Approximately five kilometres of narrow, two-lane highway have been upgraded with preparations underway to transition traffic onto the new highway and bridges by the beginning of December. 

“Improvements through the Kicking Horse Canyon are a marvel of engineering and have earned industry awards for design and skilled construction. Everyone working on this phase of the project should be very, very proud of what they’ve accomplished. The contractors and workers deserve our thanks for completing this challenging project in very difficult terrain and adverse weather conditions during the months of high summer heat and the bitter cold of winter,” said B.C. Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Rob Fleming in a statement.

A large section of recently constructed eastbound lanes came into use in fall 2022 and this year the remaining eastbound lanes on the Bighorn Viaduct were completed. Construction is focused on the new westbound lanes and the associated walls and rockfall protections through the project.  

During the recent extended closure of the Trans-Canada Highway in late September and early October, crews finished the last major concrete pour on the project and completed the Lynx, Elk and Caribou viaducts, a release said.

More than $600 million is being invested in the Kicking Horse Canyon Phase 4 project, with the Government of Canada contributing approximately $215.19 million and the B.C. government providing the remaining approximately $385.58 million, the release added.

Minimal work is expected during the coming winter but final work on the project, including top-lift paving, will occur in spring 2024.

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