Highway 95 Golden Town Bridges Replacement
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In 2016, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure completed a planning and preliminary engineering study to evaluate options to replace Kicking Horse River Bridges 1 and 2 on Highway 95 in Golden. Regionally, these bridges provide a key link between Highways 1 and 3 and several communities along Highway 95 between Golden and Cranbrook.
Built in 1952, the bridges are nearing the end of their service life. The bridges are inspected annually and continue to be safe for users. With average daily traffic volumes of approximately 13,000 vehicles per day, the bridges cross the Kicking Horse River on Highway 95 to link the north and south sides of the Town of Golden, including a small stretch of road on Gould’s Island.
As the only vehicle link between the north and south sides of town, the bridges provide an essential connection for residents and tourists to businesses and services in Golden. They connect commercial and industrial developments, employers and tourism attractions on the north side of the river, and emergency services, schools and residential areas on the south side of the river.
At this time, construction funding is not allocated within the ministry’s three-year service plan. Having the planning work completed will enable the ministry to move forward with project design and construction should funding be made available.
The ministry conducted community engagement from October 5 to 21, 2016 to seek feedback from the public regarding the two proposed alignment options for the Highway 95 Kicking Horse River Bridges 1 and 2 Replacement Project.
The community engagement included an open house that was held Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at the Golden Civic Centre.