At $110 million per KM, Kicking Horse Highway upgrade likely most expensive strip of road in Canada

Because of engineering and other challenges, construction on the highway probably won't start until 2019.

The dramatic Kicking Horse Bridge was part of an earlier upgrade on Highway #1.

The dramatic Kicking Horse Bridge was part of an earlier upgrade on Highway #1. — Photo: Flatiron Corp

According to the Canadian Press, the Federal and British Columbia governments' recent announcement of a $469 million upgrade to two stretches of Highway 1 through Kicking Horse Pass in southeastern B.C., will include a section that could be the “most expensive stretch of road in Canada.”

B.C. Transportation Minister Todd Stone stated that most of the funding, $450 million, is for improvements to a four-kilometre section of the Kicking Horse Canyon east of Golden.

At an estimated $110 million dollars per kilometre, Minister Stone says the upgrades to Highway 1 through the steep canyon will likely make the roadwork the most expensive in provincial and Canadian history.

Work on the pricey section of highway east of Golden is expected to begin later this year, but engineering and other challenges linked to the Kicking Horse upgrade means construction probably won’t start until 2019 and will take some five years to complete.

Related articles

Kootenay BizBlog, East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education College of the Rockies pilots innovative course

The Winter 2017 Differential Calculus (MATH 103) online course had two types of gamification elements incorporated into the curriculum.

Kootenay BizBlog, East Kootenay, Radium Hot Springs, Developments, Entertainment and Hospitality, Financial, Tourism New Radium Valley Zipline looks for $20K in investment

The Valley Zip Line Adventures site is in an ideal location, situated just off of Highway 93/95 and a major route for tourism.

Kootenay BizBlog, East Kootenay, Fairmont Hot Springs, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Mineral Mountain Zipline coming to Fairmont Hot Springs

The zip line course design will give riders spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains, Columbia Lake and the adjacent Fairmont Hoodoos.

View all articles

Comments