As of noon on Friday, October 6, a portion of the TransCanada Highway, east of Golden, British Columbia will be re-opened for traffic for the Thanksgiving long weekend.
The extended 24-hour closure which began yesterday, on Monday, September 25 between Golden Donald Upper Road and Yoho Bridge has meant that motorists will have to use the alternate route via Highway 95 and Highway 93S, adding up to 90 minutes of driving time.
However, according to information from the Government of British Columbia, roads will be fully re-opened from October 6 till October 10 with no stoppages. As of noon on Monday, October 10, motorists can expect 30-minute stoppages. These stoppages will last until 3 p.m.
From 3 p.m. until 8 p.m., no stoppages will occur. From 8 p.m. until 10 p.m., the 30-minute stoppages will resume. By 10 p.m. an overnight closure will occur until 7 a.m. the following day.
For the remainder of the fall, those travelling in the area should remember that there will be:
- A combination of 30-minute stoppages in the daytime and evenings, along with overnight full closures from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.
- The alternative route of Highways 93S and 95 is available for use during extended and overnight closures
- Non-through traffic from the east, i.e. westbound traffic destined for Lake Louise, Field, Beaverfoot and the Kicking Horse Rest Area immediately east of the 4.8 km canyon construction zone will not be affected
The construction is part of the multi-year, multi-phase Kicking Horse Canyon Project, which is now in its fourth phase. $600 million has been invested in the project, with the federal government contributing over $200 million.
Motorists are encouraged to check DriveBC for the most current highway conditions prior to travelling.