The Ministry of Transportation continues to gather public feedback on its Highway 1 Kamloops-to-Alberta four-laning program.
The Ministry hosted the project’s second open house on Feb. 1, to gather public input on options under consideration for the Trans-Canada Highway 1 RW Bruhn Bridge and Approaches Project.
The project involves four-laning about 2 km of Highway 1 in Sicamous, the replacement of the existing R.W. Bruhn Bridge with a new crossing and intersection improvements between Old Sicamous Road and Silver Sands Road.
The ministry continues to look into two options, both of which are in the preliminary design phase:
- One bridge option: 5-lane bridge with approach improvements ($215 million)
- Two bridge option: 4-lane bridge with Main Street bridge and approach improvements ($215 million)
The existing bridge is over 50 years old and while the ministry states it is safe for users, “the aging infrastructure is nearing the end of its design service life and is in need of replacement.”
The following are projects currently being developed, from west to east along the Trans-Canada Highway 1.
The project involves widening approximately 12 km of highway from Hoffman’s Bluff to Jade Mountain, east of Chase.
Status: Contract tender for Chase Creek Road to Chase West this summer
Four-laning and other improvements along Highway 1 in west Salmon Arm, including intersection upgrades and construction of new frontage roads.
Status: Currently in design, with site preparation work occurring on one section
Four laning approximately 2.5 km of Highway 1 in Sicamous including replacement of the existing R.W. Bruhn Bridge with a new crossing and intersection improvements between Old Sicamous Road and Silver Sands Road.
Status: In preliminary design stage
Bridge replacement between Sicamous and Revelstoke to increase highway capacity from two to four lanes and improve traffic flow.
Status: Construction currently underway
Along Highway 1 east of Revelstoke, provide 2.5 km of four-lane highway, expansion of brake check area, construction of acceleration and deceleration lanes and other improvements.
Status: Detailed design underway
Four-laning of 2.5 km section and other related improvements 20 km west of Golden.
Status: Construction soon to begin
Four-laning and other Highway 1 improvements between the Highway 95 junction at Golden and the western boundary of Yoho National Park.
Status: Planning phase
Several other stages of the project have been completed.