Kicking Horse Canyon builders have released the schedule of planned closures of the Trans-Canada Highway just east of Golden in Kicking Horse Canyon for the month of February as intermittent closures continue.
The schedule is similar to the January schedule: open during the day, with minor closures causing 30-minute delays from 9 a.m. MST to 3 p.m. MST, and from 6 p.m. MST to 10 p.m. MST. From 3:00 p.m. MST to 6:00 p.m. MST, there are no scheduled closures or delays.
On weekends, Saturday will have delays from 9:00 a.m. MST to 3:00 p.m. MST, while Sunday will have delays between 6:00 p.m. MST and 10:00 p.m. MST.
The highway will be closed overnight from 10:00 p.m. MST to 7:00 a.m. MST daily, including weekends. During this time, traffic will be rerouted to Radium, via Highway 93 and Highway 95.
The highway will be fully open for the Family Day long weekend, with no closures on February 19, February 20 and February 21. Closures will resume on February 22 at noon.
All stops and closures listed above are subject to change depending on weather conditions and project progress, with KHCC indicating that you must confirm the schedule with DriveBC before traveling and when planning a trip.
The schedule will be in effect from February 1 to February 28.
The third set of extended freeway closures is scheduled to begin Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at noon, with the freeway fully closed until Friday, May 20 at noon.
The closures are part of Phase 4 of the Kicking Horse Canyon project.
The project will see the highway change from two to four lanes with a meridian divider. About 4.8 kilometers of freeway will be updated, with 13 realigned curves and wider shoulders along the freeway to accommodate cyclists.
Up to 30 weeks of extended closures can be expected over the course of the project, which is expected to complete in fall 2023. The latest round of extended closures marks the second time the highway has been closed to through traffic, during about 10 weeks of closures completed so far.
Extended closures will return in the spring and will be announced 90 days in advance, which will be at the start of the new year.
Travelers are encouraged to check DriveBC prior to departure for up-to-date information on closures. For more information on the Kicking Horse Canyon project, please visit kickinghorsecanyon.ca. If you have construction and traffic questions or comments, please call the 24/7 Construction Information Line: 1-844-815-6111.
Writer for the Etoile d’Or