Trans-Canada Highway project to pause for Thanksgiving travel

Highway open for holiday

Thanksgiving travellers driving to see family in Alberta won't have to worry about construction closures at Kicking Horse Canyon.

Work on Phase 4 of a major improvement project on the Trans-Canada Highway near Golden will pause for the long weekend, allowing uninterrupted passage through the canyon.

Tourism Golden tweeted a video noting the highway will be open with no delays from noon Friday to noon on Tuesday.

The opening will be followed by an extended 24-hour closure, however.

The Kicking Horse Canyon is one of the most rugged and scenic sections to be found on the Trans-Canada Highway.

As a tourist and commercial transportation corridor, the highway carries more than 10,000 vehicles daily during the summer, according to the Ministry of Transportation.

Up to 30% of the traffic consists of commercial vehicles moving millions of dollars in interprovincial and international trade.

Three phases of work previously upgraded 21 kilometres of narrow, winding two-lane highway to a modern four-lane, 100 km/h standard.

Construction of the fourth and final phase through the most challenging 4.8-kilometre stretch is expected to be substantially complete in winter 2023-24.

It's part of a major four-laning project from Kamloops to the Alberta border.

"The challenge of this work is substantial and will involve significant traffic disruptions ranging from 20-minute stoppages to overnight closures and even multi-day closures during off-peak shoulder season," the province says.

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