Highway improvement project impacts alternate travel routes

Golden-Field, Columbia Valley, BC Highway Patrol

2021-03-25 09:00 PDT

BC’s Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MoTI) is about to start the final phase of a multi-year highway improvement project involving Highway 1 east of Golden, BC.

The Kicking Horse Canyon Phase 4 project is designed to improve safety as well as widen and realign the highway which will require traffic disruptions and, at times, full highway closures. The traffic management strategy is designed to minimize and mitigate traffic disruptions while allowing the work to proceed safely and on schedule.

The first extended closures beginning in mid-April will require motorists to use Highways 93 South and 95 as alternate routes. See more about the project here, including construction and traffic notifications.

BC RCMP Traffic Services has been working closely with MoTI and local RCMP Detachments to mitigate the impact of increased traffic volume on the alternate routes while maintaining road safety as the project progresses. The affected communities are: Golden to Radium Hot Springs on Highway 95 and points south. Also included are the smaller communities on Highway 1 east of the project to the Alberta border and from the Alberta border to Radium Hot Springs via Highway 93 South through Kootenay National Park.

Motorists can expect to see an increased police presence on Highways 93 South & 95 for the duration of this project which is expected to be completed in early 2024. This is an important project for the province and the improvements will hopefully reduce the number of serious injury and fatal collisions in this corridor, says Sergeant Brad Matchett, NCO in charge of BC RCMP Traffic Services in Golden. Our mandate is to enforce those offences that cause serious injury and fatal collisions on BC’s highways. Motorists are asked to do their part to help keep our highways safe by driving defensively, being patient, obeying speed limits, wearing seat-belts, driving sober and distraction-free every time you get behind the wheel.

Police anticipate that traffic volumes on Highways 93 South & 95 will increase, including commercial truck traffic, recreational vehicles and tourist traffic, especially during the summer months. Police will be present to conduct enforcement when necessary to keep our highways safe for all motorists.

All drivers are reminded to be vigilant on all routes for wildlife, road maintenance equipment (especially in winter) and, during the school year, school buses which may stop on the highway to pick up or drop off children.

Police would like to remind the public to exercise patience and obey the direction of traffic control personnel in all road construction zones. Motorists can monitor DriveBC.ca or MoTI’s website with respect to times and duration of any closures, including alternate routes. For general project information and media inquiries, go here: Kicking Horse Canyon Phase 4.

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Cpl. Mike Halskov

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