Trans-Canada Highway Twinning - Phase IVA
In fall 2016 motorists will see work begin to upgrade the Trans-Canada Highway (TCH) from two lanes to a four lane divided highway on a six kilometre section just west of the British Columbia / Alberta border near Wapta Lake.
In March, as part of Budget 2016, the Government of Canada announced an investment of up to $85.9M to advance the twinning of the TCH in Yoho National Park (Phase IV). Similar to the TCH twinning project in Banff National Park (Phase IIIB, completed in 2014), the goals for twinning project in Yoho are:
- to improve motorist safety;
- to reduce highway wildlife mortality and provide safe wildlife crossing opportunities; and
- to improve the flow of traffic and goods on Canada's national highway.
Slated for completion in March 2018, the Phase IV twinning project has two elements:
- Phase IVA: Upgrading of a six kilometre section of the TCH from two lanes to a four lane divided highway in an area adjacent to the Alberta/British Columbia border. This section was previously assessed and consulted on. Mitigations in this section include a wildlife overpass, three wildlife underpasses and highway wildlife fencing. Preliminary work has begun on this section and construction will proceed this fall.
- Phase IVB: The remainder of the 40 km section of TCH in Yoho will undergo an impact assessment and twinning design with Indigenous and public consultation. The Phase IV twinning project does not include funding for construction on this section. Information on public participation opportunities will be shared later this fall.
Parks Canada’s Infrastructure Program
Over the next five years, Parks Canada will invest $2.6 billion to rehabilitate infrastructure assets within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas across Canada. This historic investment supports conservation while promoting visitor experience and making our infrastructure safer and more appealing to visitors. When visiting or driving through Yoho National Park you may encounter one or more construction zones or reduced services while we complete this important work. Please plan ahead before you travel to avoid inconvenience.
Government announces new investments in
Yoho National Park
David Wilks, Member of Parliament for Kootenay—Columbia, on behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today announced infrastructure investments totalling more than $62 million in several Parks Canada projects across Yoho National Park. This major investment includes...
July 17, 2015