Aug 31, 2007

New Park Bridge opens at B.C.’s Kicking Horse Canyon

Golden, British Columbia – The new Park Bridge along the Trans-Canada Highway in Kicking Horse Canyon has been completed ahead of schedule. Constructed under Phase Two of the Kicking Horse Canyon Project, the bridge is a 405-metre span featuring five piers, reaching up as high as 90 metres.

Completed construction also includes approaches to the bridge and realignment of more than five kilometres of new four-lane highway east of Golden. The rest of the phase work will be completed in January 2008.

Under a partnership agreement, the federal government provided up to $62.5 million, with the province responsible for the remaining funding of the $130 million phase. Through a public-private partnership with the province, the Trans-Park Highway Group contributed funds to the Kicking Horse Canyon Project and is responsible for its design and construction; it will also maintain the highway for the next 25 years.

The first phase of the project, completed in 2006, replaced the pre-existing Yoho Bridge and upgraded three kilometres of the Trans-Canada Highway to a four-lane, 100-km-per-hour standard. The $765 million Phase Three involves complex upgrading of approximately 17 km of the Trans-Canada Highway to four lanes, including roadway realignment, and the reduction of rock fall hazards from Golden to Yoho National Park; completion of the project’s third phase is contingent on future federal cost-sharing with the province.

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