Feds Outline Next Step For $601M Kicking Horse Canyon Project

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$601M in improvements for Highway One to the east of Golden.

Work will see the twinning of nearly five kms of Highway through the Kicking Horse Canyon.

Here's Golden's Mayor Ron Oszust on the current drive "It's a very tight canyon, very unstable rock. Traffic speeds are down to 30, 40, 50kms an hour."

It's a big cost, but he's pleased with the announcement, saying "It's an extremely expensive piece of highway at $110M per km, unbelievable.. so we're excited to get the work going."

Oszust also provided comment on extended closures for the Trans-Canada "They're talking up to 5-6 weeks in the spring, and up to 12-13 weeks in the fall, for a maximum of 15 weeks in any one year, for a total of 30 weeks of closures over two years."

He says there's a plan in place for those who commute between Golden and Field "They're making arrangements to have those commuters be able to travel through in the morning and evening, so they're trying to address all aspects."

Oszust tells us that some work could begin next spring, with work by fall for certain.

Contacts are to be awarded in the new year, and you can find more through this link.