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Posted: October 12, 2021

RCMP focussing on enhanced safety during highway closure

With the closure of Highway 1 in relation to the Kicking Horse Canyon project, Columbia Valley RCMP will be focusing on enhancing the safety of travellers in the coming months.

From October 12 to December 1, Highway 1 east of Golden will be closed to the public and re-routed through Highway 93 and Highway 95. Highway 1 normally carries 10,000 vehicles daily. The closure is required to complete the remaining stretch of the twinning of Highway 1.

Columbia Valley RCMP and the BC Highway Patrol offices in Golden and Cranbrook will be ensuring that their visible presence makes the highway safer for everyone.

Police officers will be paying particular attention to aggressive driving and speed limits on both stretches of highway.

“In return, the public can assist police by allowing themselves plenty of time for their travels, have the required tires for their vehicles, and an emergency preparedness bag in case of further closure,” said Cpl. Louis-Phillipe Gendron-Fafard of Columbia Valley RCMP.

“There have been many reports of dangerous driving to the RCMP during the various stages of the recent re-routing and police will be enhancing their presence on the highway to ensure of the public’s safety and to enforce the Motor Vehicle Act,” added Sgt. Darren Kakuno, Detachment Commander.

“With the ever-changing road conditions in mountainous terrain, we are asking the public to be mindful on the road and be prepared in case of delays.”

For further information regarding the Kicking Horse Canyon project.


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