Since 2001, the provincial and federal governments have invested or committed more than $1.5 billion on the Trans-Canada Highway between Kamloops and the Alberta border to improve reliability and to upgrade the highway to a modern, 100 kilometres/h, four-lane standard.
This includes the new remote avalanche control systems being installed at Three Valley Gap that will allow for avalanche control at any time, during any weather conditions.
These improvements mean traffic moves more safely and efficiently, communities are better connected, and businesses can distribute their products efficiently throughout the province, and to ports and borders beyond.
Construction is underway on:
- North Fork Bridge replacement and 3.8 kilometres of four-laning: Total estimated project cost is $38 million (B.C.: $25 million, Canada: $13 million).
- The installation of eight remote avalanche control systems along the south side of Three Valley Lake as well as other additional avalanche control measures: Total estimated cost is $6 million.
Funding has been committed for:
- Hoffman’s Bluff to Jade Mountain (12 kilometres): $199.2 million (B.C.: $144.1 million, Canada: $55.1 million).
- Salmon Arm West (six kilometres): $162.7 million (B.C.: $114.2 million, Canada: $48.5 million).
- Illecillewaet (2.5 kilometres): $35 million (B.C.: $19.5 million, Canada: $15.5 million).
- Donald to Forde Station Rd (2.6 kilometres): $19.4 million (B.C. $12.1 million, Canada: $7.3 million).
- Kicking Horse Canyon (four kilometres): $450 million (B.C.: $235 million, Canada: $215 million).
Completed projects since 2001 include:
- Monte Creek to Hoffman’s Bluff (16.3 kilometres) east of Kamloops.
- Hilltop to Ford east of Sorrento (11.8 kilometres).
- Hospital Road to 97B in Salmon Arm (four kilometres).
- Malakwa Bridge east of Sicamous (three kilometres).
- Woods Overhead and Clanwilliam Bridge near Revelstoke (3.8 kilometres).
- Donald Bridge near Golden (four kilometres).
- Three out of four phases in the Kicking Horse Canyon, east of Golden (22 kilometres).
- These improvements added 65 kilometres of four lanes to the Trans-Canada Highway, increasing four-laning along the corridor by close to 20%.
In total, there are 337 kilometres of Highway 1 between Kamloops and the Alberta Border under Provincial control. Parks Canada is responsible for the remaining 103 kilometres.