The Kicking Horse Canyon, located just east of Golden, BC, 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. While the mix varies by season, up to 30% of the traffic consists of commercial vehicles moving millions of dollars in goods to serve interprovincial and international trade. Three phases of work have transformed 21 kilometres of narrow, winding two-lane highway into a modern four-lane, 100 km/h standard. Construction of the fourth and final phase to complete the remaining – and most difficult – 4.8 kilometres is expected to be substantially complete in winter 2023-24. This project is part of the comprehensive Highway 1 – Kamloops to Alberta – Four Laning Program. 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.
Winter 2022/23 Hours
Traffic management for the winter will generally involve the following:
- 30-minute stoppages between 9 am and 3 pm, and in the evening from 8 to 10 pm
- Overnight closures from 10 pm to 7 am
Spring 2023 Extended Closures
Extended (24-hour/multi-day) closures are planned again for Spring 2023. They will be much more limited than past closures, but timing as of now is only approximate, and subject to weather and other conditions.
The 24-hour extended closure periods for Spring 2023 are currently expected as follows:
- Up to five consecutive days within the two-week period between April 1 and April 15, 2023
- A small number of consecutive days during May 2023
Extended closures will not apply to long holiday weekends, during which the highway will be open without construction delays. For details, see the January 16, 2023, Stakeholder Notice.
There will be an update by February 20, 2023, and the Highway Status Calendar will be updated on an ongoing basis as plans evolve.
Dart Creek Trails Access Closed
Access to Dart Creek trails will remain closed for the duration of construction (active construction zone).
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