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For Immediate Release


Aug. 30, 2007

Office of the Premier

Transport Canada

Ministry of Transportation




GOLDEN – The new Park Bridge along the Trans-Canada Highway in Kicking Horse Canyon has been completed ahead of schedule, announced Premier Gordon Campbell, Kootenay-Columbia MP Jim Abbott, on behalf of the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, and Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon. 


“The Kicking Horse Canyon portion of the Trans-Canada Highway is a vital gateway to British Columbia, and upgrading this key route has been our number 1 transportation priority,” said Premier Campbell. “This fantastic new bridge and its approaches are a great example of the federal and provincial governments working together with the private sector. This historic section of highway is now safer and allows traffic to flow more smoothly.” 


“This is a great day for the people of Golden and surrounding areas,” said Abbott. “With the new bridge and highway upgrades, we can be confident that the safety and efficiency of this important corridor have been substantially improved for the thousands of motorists who use it every day.”


“The opening of this new bridge marks another milestone in the development of British Columbia’s key trade corridors,” said Cannon. “In addition to improving safety and easing traffic congestion, the resulting economic benefits and environmental improvements will have a positive impact on local communities and on the entire region.”


Constructed under Phase 2 of the Kicking Horse Canyon Project, the Park Bridge is a 405-metre span featuring five piers reaching up as high as 90 metres. Approaches to the bridge and realignment of more than five km of new four-lane highway east of Golden have also been completed. The rest of the Phase 2 work will be completed in January 2008.


Under a partnership agreement, the Government of Canada provided up to $62.5 million and the Province of British Columbia was responsible for the remaining funding to complete the

$130-million Phase 2 project. The federal contribution to Phase 2 comes from the $4-billion Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund, which supports large-scale projects of major national and regional significance in areas that are vital to sustaining economic growth and supporting an enhanced quality of life for Canadians. The provincial contribution to Phase 2 is part of British Columbia’s three-year, $2.3-billion transportation investment plan.


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 maintain the highway for the next 25 years.


“This performance-based contract has provided great value for taxpayers by combining stunning design work and top-notch construction along a very problematic segment of the Trans-Canada Highway,” said Falcon. “I’m delighted that the project is on budget and that the new Park Bridge is open to traffic several months ahead of schedule.”                                                    


“We are absolutely thrilled to have played a role in completing this very demanding component of the project safely and ahead of schedule,” said John McArthur, president of the Trans-Park Highway Group. “This is one of the most demanding stretches of highway anywhere, and our team has been able to open the road to motorists sooner than expected. It speaks to the power of partnerships and what the public and private sectors can do when we combine expertise from both sides.”


The first phase of the Kicking Horse Canyon Project, completed in 2006, replaced the pre-existing Yoho Bridge and upgraded three km of the Trans-Canada Highway to a four-lane, 100 km-per-hour standard. The federal government committed $20.8 million toward the first phase of the project, with $43.4 million provided by the Province of British Columbia.


The $765-million Phase 3 is a longer-term endeavour, involving complex upgrading of approximately 17 km of the Trans-Canada Highway to four lanes. This upgrade will include roadway realignment to improve traffic operations and safety, and the reduction of rock fall hazards from Golden to Yoho National Park. The B.C. Ministry of Transportation completed conceptual planning studies in 2004 and preliminary engineering studies are underway. Completion of Phase 3 of the project is contingent on future federal cost-sharing with the Province.


A backgrounder with further information about the Kicking Horse Canyon Project is attached.



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Rob Duffus

Communications Director

Ministry of Transportation

250 387-7787


Natalie Sarafian

Press Secretary

Office of the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Ottawa

613 991-0700



Steve Small

Trans-Park Highway Group

905 530-2114


Kirsten Goodnough


Transport Canada, Ottawa

613 993-0055


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