GOLDEN, BC, Nov. 25, 2011 /CNW/ - Several projects to upgrade the
Trans-Canada Highway east of Golden have been completed, ensuring this
important route will be safer and more reliable for travellers this
The upgrades include four-laning 3.8 kilometres of the Golden Hill to
West Portal section; adding a new interchange and wildlife overpass at
Golden Donald Upper Road; as well as reducing the highway grade
(steepness) and improving wildlife protection by adding a special
crossing, fencing and guards on access roads. The one-kilometre Golden
Hill multi-use path is also complete, giving cyclists and pedestrians a
safe, alternative route between the town and the Golden Donald Upper
"Our government is proud to invest in projects that create jobs and
improve highway infrastructure in B.C.," said David Wilks, Member of
Parliament for Kootenay-Columbia. "These important Trans-Canada Highway
ugrades will improve safety, reduce travel time and promote long-term
economic growth in the region."
"The completion of these projects is a major milestone in Phase 3 of the
Kicking Horse Canyon project, with only one final portion to go," said
Blair Lekstrom, B.C.'s Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure.
"Improvements to this part of the Trans-Canada Highway are increasing
the safety and efficiency of this corridor for both motorists and
cyclists, and improving the flow of goods through the region and
mobility within the community."
"The new section of four-lane highway and the electronic message signs
greatly improve the safety of residents and visitors who travel the
Trans-Canada near Golden," said Town of Golden Mayor Christina Benty.
"And I know the new path up Golden Hill will be popular with local
families. It's an excellent addition to the many outdoor recreational
opportunities we enjoy here in Kicking Horse country."
These completed projects are part of the $68.5-million Golden Hill to
West Portal project, under Phase 3 of the larger Kicking Horse Canyon
project, and were jointly funded by the federal, provincial and
municipal governments. The Government of Canada is investing up to
$32.3 million under the Building Canada Fund, the province is providing
$35.63 million and the Town of Golden is contributing $570,000.
The final piece of work underway in this phase of the project is an
upgrade to 1.2 kilometres at the West Portal, just east of Golden, that
is expected to be complete by November 2012. Improvements to 8.8
kilometres from Brake Check to Yoho National Park were completed
earlier this year, and 9 kilometres were upgraded previously under
phases 1 and 2 of the project.
In addition, a number of new and refurbished electronic message signs
that provide timely information on traffic conditions through this
Rocky Mountain section of the Trans-Canada Highway are now up and
running. Messages on the signs can be changed remotely as quickly as
conditions change, and the information is linked directly to the Drive BC system.
The Kicking Horse Canyon/Trans-Canada Corridor project is improving
safety and reliability for travellers, as well as for commerce leading
to our communities and trade ports. More information is available at www.kickinghorsecanyon.ca.
Since 2001, over $2 billion has been invested in the Kootenay region to
improve and maintain roads and bridges, broaden cycling networks,
expand airports and transit, and support community infrastructure
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SOURCE Government of British Columbia
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