Latest phase of Kicking Horse Canyon project wraps up a week early

Work ahead of schedule

The latest phase of the Kicking Horse Canyon Highway 1 project is wrapping up a week ahead of schedule.

Beginning Friday at 6 a.m., motorists will once again be able to travel along the Trans-Canada Highway through Kicking Horse Canyon, after the latest round of construction work closed the pass back on Sept. 26.

The reopening comes earlier than the initial Dec. 1 scheduled reopening that was announced earlier this fall.

"As winter approaches, this is reassuring news for residents and travellers passing through Kicking Horse Canyon," said Harjit Sajjan, federal Minister of International Development and Minister Responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada.

"Our government has invested more than $215 million in this project, which will help manage traffic flow, improve road safety and reduce travel times. We will continue to collaborate with our partners to invest in more projects like these that create jobs across the country and build more resilient communities.”

During the closure, traffic was rerouted through Radium Hot Springs, adding an extra hour and a half to the trip. The detour has also forced commercial traffic through downtown Golden.

"Travellers and commercial truckers are set to benefit from these significant upgrades through the Kicking Horse Canyon," said Rob Fleming, B.C.'s Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. "The old highway's sharp corners are gone, with new viaducts and structures across sections of the canyon that improve the safety and reliability of this important interprovincial connection."

The next phase of construction in Kicking Horse Canyon is expected to begin next spring. The entire project, with a price tag of $600 million, is expected to be complete by winter 2023/24. When it was first announced in 2017, the project was expected to cost $450 million.

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