Project status updates for the Kicking Horse Canyon Project – Phase 4.
Recent and previous news and information can be found below including Newsletters/Project Updates, News Releases and Monthly Status Reports. For the latest construction updates and planned traffic interruptions, visit our Traffic Management page. Visit DriveBC for the most current updates on highway conditions.
Project moves to summer construction schedule
Posted May 28, 2021
The 24-hour multi-day closures of the spring 2021 shoulder season that began April 12 ended at noon on May 28.
The May 29-30 weekend will see off-peak (i.e. between 9 am and 3 pm) daytime stoppages of up to half an hour, as well as overnight closures before the summer schedule is launched on May 31.
Under the summer schedule, there will be no daytime stoppages on the Trans-Canada Highway due to construction in the Kicking Horse Canyon, except occasional momentary pauses to allow construction vehicles to enter, exit or cross the highway in the construction zone.
During the summer, motorists can expect half-hour stoppages most evenings between 8 pm and 10 pm due to single-lane alternating traffic. Overnight closures from 10 pm to 7 am will also be the norm, with adjustments on weekends. The highway will be fully open during long holiday weekends. The summer construction schedule will be in effect until approximately September 19, after which the fall extended closure is expected to occur. Details for the fall extended closure are expected by about mid-June.
Highway 95 traffic pattern improvements in Golden
Posted March 24, 2021
Upgrades have been made to two major intersections on Highway 95 in Golden to improve safety and traffic flow for people using the highway. Before the end of March, weather permitting, a new traffic signal at 6th Street North will be activated and signalized dedicated left-turn lanes at 9th Street South will go into operation.
For further information, see the full information bulletin.
Extended spring closure on Highway 1 for Kicking Horse Canyon construction
Posted January 15, 2021
Work on the Kicking Horse Canyon Phase 4 construction project will require a month-long closure of Highway 1 through the canyon just east of Golden during the spring 2021 shoulder season. This closure will allow crews to proceed with work that cannot be carried out safely during shorter interruptions.
From April 12 to May 14, through traffic on Highway 1 from Golden to Castle Junction will be routed via highways 93 and 95. The construction zone will be opened briefly to local/commuter and school bus traffic twice daily. Emergency vehicles in response mode will be provided passage on short notice.
The closure is part of a traffic-management strategy developed in consultation with the community and key stakeholders.
- Issue #7 – June 30, 2021
- Issue #6 – May 28, 2021
- Issue #5 – May 14, 2021
- Issue #4 – April 23, 2021
- Issue #3 – April 9, 2021
- Issue #2 – March 19, 2021
- Issue #1 – February 25, 2021
Find News Releases and Information Bulletins about the Kicking Horse Canyon Project – Phase 4.
- April 8, 2021 – Major construction gets underway on Kicking Horse Canyon Phase 4
- March 24, 2021 – Highway 95 traffic pattern improvements in Golden
- February 25, 2021 – Traffic management in place for Kicking Horse Canyon Construction
- January 15, 2021 – Extended spring closure on Highway 1 for Kicking Horse Canyon construction
- November 6, 2020 – Contract Awarded for Kicking Horse Canyon Project – Phase 4
- September 18, 2020 – Preferred proponent team chosen for Phase 4 of Kicking Horse Canyon Project
- December 13, 2019: Kicking Horse Canyon Project Phase 4: procurement moving forward
- September 5, 2019: A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) has been issued, inviting potential bidders to submit their qualifications to design and build Phase 4
- February 17, 2017: Highway 1 expansion and upgrades will bring safer and more efficient transportation corridor through British Columbia
Monthly Status Reports
- Kicking Horse Canyon Project Phase 4 Monthly Status Report – June 2021
- Kicking Horse Canyon Project Phase 4 Monthly Status Report – May 2021
- Kicking Horse Canyon Project Phase 4 Monthly Status Report – April 2021
- Kicking Horse Canyon Project Phase 4 Monthly Status Report – March 2021
- Kicking Horse Canyon Project Phase 4 Monthly Status Report – February 2021
- Kicking Horse Canyon Project Phase 4 Monthly Status Report – January 2021
- Kicking Horse Canyon Project Phase 4 Monthly Status Report – December 2020
- Kicking Horse Canyon Project Phase 4 Monthly Status Report – November 2020
- Kicking Horse Canyon Project Phase 4 Monthly Status Report – October 2020
- Kicking Horse Canyon Project Phase 4 Monthly Status Report – September 2020
- Kicking Horse Canyon Project Phase 4 Monthly Status Report – August 2020
- Kicking Horse Canyon Project Phase 4 Monthly Status Report – July 2020
- Kicking Horse Canyon Project Phase 4 Monthly Status Report – June 2020
- Kicking Horse Canyon Project Phase 4 Monthly Status Report – May 2020
- Kicking Horse Canyon Project Phase 4 Monthly Status Report – April 2020
New Potable Bulk Water Station Open in Golden
Posted December 18, 2020
Golden-area residents outside the Town’s water distribution system now have a new reliable source of safe drinking water, with the completion of a new potable bulk water station.
The new bulk water station is located at the Town of Golden Works Yard on 11th Avenue North. Owned and operated by the Town of Golden, it has been funded and installed as part of the Province’s Highway 1 Kicking Horse Canyon Project (Phase 4). While available to residents throughout the area, its main purpose isto provide a safe and reliable replacement source of water for people currently drawing non-potable water from Dart Creek, which will become inaccessible during construction of Phase 4 highway improvements. Highway construction in the Canyon is expected to begin in earnest by next spring.
Improvements on the way for intersection in Golden
Posted June 22, 2020
This week, people will see crews starting on a project that will improve traffic flow at the busy intersection of Highway 95 at 9th Street South in Golden.
Local residents may encounter some minor disruptions to traffic as the ministry prepares the site to install dedicated left-turn lanes and protected signal phases on the highway later this year.
These improvements will help traffic flow more safely and efficiently at the intersection. The intersection upgrade will help accommodate future traffic growth.
Other related work includes adjustments to the intersection at 6th Street North, which will receive a new traffic signal in time to help manage traffic during canyon closures expected in some off-peak periods due to Kicking Horse Canyon Project construction. The ministry will also realign the S-bend near Park Drive, which will improve the south approach to the Kicking Horse bridges.
Provincial construction sites have protocols and policies in place following the requirements of the provincial health officer to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. These include reducing in-person meetings or gatherings, holding meetings outdoors and ensuring physical distancing of workers throughout the work day. These measures, along with other work protocols, such as daily cleaning and sanitizing of common areas and surfaces, will help ensure worker and public safety.
(This update has been amended to clarify that dedicated turning lanes and signal phases will be installed for both directions on the highway.)
Province and Golden supply community with water station
Posted June 3, 2020
A new bulk water station will be established in Golden this fall to provide residents outside the town’s water distribution system with a safe, alternative supply of potable water. The facility will be funded and installed as part of the Province’s Highway 1 Kicking Horse Canyon Project (Phase 4), and will be owned and operated by the Town of Golden.
The metered fee-for-service bulk water station, to be located at the Town of Golden Works Yard on 11th Avenue North, will make bulk supplies of potable water available on a permanent basis to people who live in the Golden and Area “A” community.
The station will provide a treated replacement source of potable water for the duration of the Kicking Horse Canyon Project construction free of charge for families and individuals currently drawing untreated water from Dart Creek. Located within the construction zone, the current Dart Creek source will be inaccessible after construction begins in fall 2020 until it is restored when the highway project is completed in 2023-24.
Golden council approved the establishment of the bulk water station at its meeting on June 2, 2020, following several months of discussion with the Kicking Horse Canyon project team and the Columbia Shuswap Regional District.
Fieldwork underway for Kicking Horse Canyon Project
Posted April 30, 2020
Crews will be carrying out investigative fieldwork in the Kicking Horse Canyon during spring and summer 2020 as part of the preparation for major highway improvements to begin late this year.
Crews will collect physical data in the Dart Creek area, as well as other locations near the highway alignment. This fieldwork will help to inform the ongoing engineering design of the four-laning improvements to the Trans Canada Highway through the canyon.
Workers will be practicing safe physical distancing and using personal protective equipment, and every effort will be made to minimize any environmental disturbance to the local area. Minimal traffic impacts are anticipated as this work is carried out.