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For Immediate Release

Oct. 13, 2011

Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure



Moving mountains to improve Highway 1 safety


GOLDEN – The construction of a retaining wall three storeys high will be part of improvements to 1.2 kilometres of the Trans-Canada Highway east of Golden, helping make this important route safer and more reliable.


This work will begin four kilometres east of Golden, and includes four-laning, retaining wall construction, concrete median barrier, improved drainage, wildlife fencing, and re-vegetation. Almost 60 jobs are expected to be generated over the life of the projects.


At approximately 125 metres long and nine metres high at the tallest point, the retaining wall enables expanding the road from two lanes to four while eliminating tight curves and stabilizing the steep slope in this area.


This highway improvement, including the improvements underway between Golden Hill and West Portal, will widen the Trans-Canada Highway to four lanes for distance of almost six km east of Golden.


A $4.98-million contract has been awarded to Tercon Construction. Construction will begin this fall, with completion anticipated in one year.


This work is the final portion of the $68.5-million Golden Hill to West Portal project, jointly funded by the federal, provincial and local governments. The Government of Canada is investing up to $32.3 million under the Building Canada Fund, and the Town of Golden is contributing $570,000.


This is part of the Kicking Horse Canyon/Trans-Canada Corridor Project, and is just one of a number of recent improvements to safety and reliability of travellers and commerce leading to our communities and trade ports. More information is available at:





Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Blair Lekstrom –


“The widening of the highway to four lanes and alignment improvements along Highway 1 will make a big difference for travellers and industry.”


“Creative engineering solutions, like the retaining wall used on this project, make investments like this possible. When complete, the highway here will be wider, straighter and safer.”





Kate Trotter

Government Communications and Public Engagement

Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure

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