Kicking Horse Phase 3 East construction accelerated

    GOLDEN, BC, April 8 /CNW Telbec/ - Construction of the Hill-to-Portal
section of the Kicking Horse Canyon Project will begin this fall, a year ahead
of schedule, announced the Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of International
Trade and Minister of the Asia-Pacific Gateway, and British Columbia's
Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Kevin Falcon today.
    Phase 3 of the Kicking Horse Canyon project was originally announced in
November 2007 by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Premier Gordon Campbell.
Construction began last fall on Phase 3 East, the Brake Check to Yoho National
Park component. The Hill-to-Portal segment was scheduled to follow in 2010.
    "By accelerating this project, the Government of Canada is investing in a
project that will create jobs and will take immediate action to improve the
economy," said Minister Day. "Not only will this project improve the safety of
this critical road system but it will also improve the quality of life for
    With a total project value of $68.5 million, Hill to Portal will bring
another 3.8 kilometres of roadway up to a modern four-lane standard. It will
reduce the steep grade on Golden Hill, extend a fourth lane down the hill to
provide a continuous four lanes through to the signals at the west end of the
town and provide a grade separation at Golden Donald Upper Road for additional
safety. There will also be improved linkages for cyclists and pedestrians, and
greater protection for the abundant local wildlife with fencing and crossing
    "Like Phase 3 East, this work will generate the equivalent of 88
full-time jobs," said Minister Falcon. "With a funding agreement already in
place, we are taking advantage of the opportunity to complete the design and
accelerate construction at a time when it will do the most good."
    A Request for Qualifications is being issued immediately, and formal
proposals will be solicited later this spring. Design will occur over the
summer, with construction to begin by October 2009. Some preliminary
construction to widen the lower part of the Hill may occur beforehand.

For further information:

For further information: Chris Day, Press Secretary, Office of Transport
and Infrastructure Minister John Baird, Ottawa, (613) 991-0700; Dave Crebo,
Director, Public Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Transportation and
Infrastructure, (250) 387-7787; Media Relations, Transport Canada, Ottawa,
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