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.
Spring 2021 Extended Closures Have Ended
The 24-hour multi-day closures of the spring 2021 shoulder season have come to an end. Off-peak half-hour daytime stoppages and overnight closures on the May 29-30 weekend give way to a full summer of uninterrupted* daytime travel through the canyon as of May 31.
Evening half-hour stoppages due to single-lane alternating traffic and overnight closures will still be required to achieve construction progress over the summer months. See the Highway Status Calendar and DriveBC for details.
*Except for occasional momentary pauses, to allow construction vehicles to enter, leave or cross the highway.
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