Full Trans-Canada closures coming again in spring
Highway 93 through Kootenay National Park and Highway 95 from Radium Hot Springs to Golden are going to get really busy again come springtime.
Kicking Horse Canyon Project Phase 4 construction will require extended multi-day closures of the Trans-Canada Highway (TCH) east of Golden during spring 2022 season, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure reported today (Jan. 18).
Spring 2022 Extended Closure Dates: Noon on April 19 to noon on May 20 (MDT). Construction activities are being carried out 24 hours a day and cannot be performed safely in the presence of traffic or during shorter interruptions. During these periods, Trans-Canada Highway traffic will be routed via Highways 93 and 95, which will add up to 90 minutes to travel time.
The construction zone will be opened to local/commuter traffic, escorted by a pilot vehicle, during one half-hour period in the morning and one half-hour period in the afternoon. Similar escorts will be provided for local school buses.
All TCH traffic will be routed via Highways 93 and 95, with the following exceptions:
- School bus on Golden-Field route will be escorted by a pilot car through the project site daily: morning school bus from Golden at 6:45 a.m., return from Field toGolden at 8:15 a.m. and afternoon school bus from Golden at 3:15 p.m., return from Field to Golden at 5 p.m.
- Local/commuter traffic will be escorted by a pilot car through the project site daily, between 7 and 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 to 5 p.m.
- Pre-arranged commuter passes will be required.
- Emergency vehicles in response mode will be escorted by a pilot car anytime on 15 minutes notice.
- Roadside signage will provide advance notification of the closure and alternate route.
Lead image: Heavy traffic volumes near Radium Hot Springs last spring when the Trans-Canada was closed for extended periods. e-KNOW file photo