This week, people will see crews starting on a project that will improve traffic flow at the busy intersection of Highway 95 at 9th Street South in Golden.
Local residents may encounter some minor disruptions to traffic as the ministry prepares the site to install dedicated left-turn lanes and protected signal phases on the highway later this year.
These improvements will help traffic flow more safely and efficiently at the intersection. The intersection upgrade will help accommodate future traffic growth.
Other related work includes adjustments to the intersection at 6th Street North, which will receive a new traffic signal in time to help manage traffic during canyon closures expected in some off-peak periods due to Kicking Horse Canyon Project construction. The ministry will also realign the S-bend near Park Drive, which will improve the south approach to the Kicking Horse bridges.
A design-build contract for the fourth and final phase of the Kicking Horse Canyon Project is expected to be awarded in late summer or early fall 2020, with initial construction to begin in the fall. It will bring the remaining 4.8 kilometres of narrow, winding two-lane highway up to a modern four-lane, 100 km/h standard.
Provincial construction sites have protocols and policies in place following the requirements of the provincial health officer to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. These include reducing in-person meetings or gatherings, holding meetings outdoors and ensuring physical distancing of workers throughout the work day. These measures, along with other work protocols, such as daily cleaning and sanitizing of common areas and surfaces, will help ensure worker and public safety.
For more information on this project, including flyover footage and a virtual reality simulation, visit: www.kickinghorsecanyon.ca
For job opportunities for the Kicking Horse Canyon four-laning project, go to: https://www.bcib.ca/