Kicking Horse Canyon Project - Planning for Traffic Management

It is well-known that the remaining two-lane canyon section of the Trans-Canada Highway is severely constrained. As a result, the final phase of the Kicking Horse Canyon Project to improve safety, widen and realign the highway will inevitably require traffic disruptions and, at times, full highway closures.

Image showing the narrowing of the highway in Kicking Horse Canyon

In this tight space, traffic and excavation must take turns

The project team is currently developing a traffic management strategy that would minimize and mitigate the traffic disruptions while allowing the work to proceed safely and on schedule. 

The scenario being explored would emphasize night work as much as possible and minimize daytime disruptions during peak seasons. However, the team is investigating some extended closures of potentially weeks at a time in the least-active spring and fall shoulder seasons (likely starting with the fall 2020 or spring 2021 period) with breaks for holiday long weekends and daily peak-hour windows to allow passage for school buses, commuters and other essential local traffic/trips. During any closure travellers would have the option of taking the alternative route using Highways 93 and 95. By limiting extended closures to off-peak periods, the total combined traffic volumes on the alternative route will be comparable to the peaks that Highways 93 and 95 currently experience in the summer.

Further information is expected to be available during fall 2019.