Government of British Columbia

Government of British Columbia

January 19, 2011 18:27 ET

Government of British Columbia: Highway 1 Reopens From Golden to Alberta

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 19, 2011) -

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

2011TRAN0007-000044

Jan. 19, 2011

Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure

HIGHWAY 1 REOPENS FROM GOLDEN TO ALBERTA

VICTORIA - The Trans-Canada Highway between Golden and Lake Louise will reopen at 4 p.m. Pacific standard time, Wednesday, Jan. 19, re-establishing one of the main transportation corridors between B.C. and the rest of Canada, Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Shirley Bond announced.

"Highway 1 east of Golden has been closed since Friday due to extreme avalanche hazards throughout the corridor. Between Friday and Sunday, 35 large avalanches forced closure of Highway 1 through the Kicking Horse Canyon," said Bond. "Avalanche experts and maintenance crews worked around the clock to bring down the hazardous snow pack and reopen this major commercial route."

The storm cycle of the last two weeks dropped over a metre of snow in one 48-hour period on an unstable base layer of snow. This snow, combined with high winds and rapid warming, created widespread instability in much of the alpine area. It was a one-in-thirty-year event that affected the entire Kootenay Region, with increased avalanche activity in other areas of the province, as well.

It required a combined effort from hundreds of staff from the ministry, Parks Canada, maintenance contractors and others to address these recent avalanche hazards to ensure our highways remained safe and delays were kept to a minimum.

"I want to thank everyone impacted by theses closures for their patience and understanding," said Bond. "We experienced, quite literally, the perfect storm that created widespread avalanche activity. We do our very best to keep our highways open, but in extraordinary circumstances like these, some closures are necessary because safety is our number one priority."

For the latest travel advisories, visit DriveBC at: www.drivebc.ca.

For details on avalanche-related closures, check out the Province's Avalanche Advisory page at: www.th.gov.bc.ca/AvalancheAdvisories/index.html.

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Contact Information

  • Public Affairs Bureau
    Jeff Knight
    Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
    250 356-7707
    www.gov.bc.ca