Joint project opens new stretch of B.C. highway

by Canadian Shipper

OTTAWA, Ont. — The first phase of a major highway improvement project in B.C.’s Kicking Horse Canyon was opened for business recently and work on phase two is currently underway.

The federal government contributed $21.3 million toward the $70.8-million project, with the remaining $49.5 million provided by the provincial government.

The first phase of highway improvements replaced the pre-existing Yoho Bridge and upgraded 3.2 kilometres of the Trans-Canada Highway through Kicking Horse Canyon to a four-lane, 100 km/hr standard. Phase 2, in partnership with the Province of British Columbia and the Government of Canada, involves the replacement of Park Bridge and approximately 6 kilometres of highway.

“The Trans-Canada Highway is our most important gateway to the rest of Canada and the completion of phase 1 is a major upgrade in the Kicking Horse Canyon,” said B.C. Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon. “This project is vital for travellers’ safety and for improving the flow of commercial goods through the corridor.”

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