Travel on the TransCanada Highway at Kicking Horse Pass will be suspended for a month this spring to enable ongoing work to widen the artery near Golden, B.C.
The closure of the stretch between Golden and Castle Junction will begin April 19 following the Easter long weekend and extend to May 20, just prior to the Victoria Day holiday.
As with previous construction-related closures in the area, traffic will be re-routed along Highways 93S and 95 through Radium, which adds about 1.5 hours to the trip.
“This closure will allow crews to proceed with work that cannot be carried out safely during shorter interruptions, such as construction on and adjacent to the existing highway, which includes the placement of heavy equipment on the roadway,” B.C.’s Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure said in a statement.
Local and commuter traffic will be given passage twice daily, escorted by a pilot vehicle through the stretch of highway between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Emergency vehicles and school buses will also be provided passage.
The work on the treacherous, 4.8-km cliff-hugging Kicking Horse Canyon stretch of the TransCanada will widen it from a two-lane road to a four-lane modern highway and enhance traveller safety, says the B.C. government.
“Progress to date includes installing girders on three bridge and viaduct structures near the eastern end of the project, completing a major rock cut, and installing approximately 200 piles that will support walls and bridges for the improved highway,” said the ministry.
On March 5, Cochrane resident Laura Tennant, 38, was killed when a rock from the canyon wall fell through the safety netting on the section of highway, striking her vehicle that was also carrying her wife and children.
Construction in the canyon is expected to be completed in the winter of 2023-2024.