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SOSS May 7, 2016 5:20 AM

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Originally Posted by lubicon (Post 7431270)
Pricey on first review. I would be interested to see a cost/benefit analysis. Factor in the savings (both time and fuel) especially to the trucking industry and the payback might look pretty good. And that doesn't even factor in the human cost (medical due to accidents) or things like maintenance on the current road.

I would suspect a cost-benefit analysis would indicate four-laning an equivalent amount (in terms of dollars) of Hwy 1 from Kamloops to Alberta border would have comparable payback.

MIPS May 16, 2016 1:50 PM

The Coquihalla opened 30 years ago today!

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240glt May 17, 2016 3:35 PM

Still quite the engineering feat, 30 years later.

I vaguely remember the first time I drove it with my folks, Vernon to Vancouver. It was almost inconceivable that you could drive from the Okanagan to Vancouver in less than five hours. The connector that opened some time later made it possible to reach Kelowna in +/- 3 hours from the Port Mann. That helped Kelowna become a popular spot for a weekend house for wealthy Vancouverites.

While in University I worked for a time on weekends for a friend's long distance vehicle hauling company. I moved a lot of vehicles to & from ICBC yards all over BC, and hauled a lot out of the big yard in Richmond. I would take the canyon route because it was an easier haul than going up & over the Coquihalla. I do miss that drive sometimes, it is an amazing one in itself

240glt May 17, 2016 3:36 PM

Anything to watch out for on 16/5 North of Kamloops, then on the # 1 east back to Alberta ? Headed out in a few days to the cabin in the Cariboo and going to do the Yellowhead out and Trans Canada back

lubicon May 17, 2016 7:41 PM

When are you coming back? Last year the drive back to Calgary from Invermere took us almost 6 hours (normally 2.5 to 3) due to traffic volumes. Even on the #1 there were multiple times when we came to a complete stop or crawled along at 10 km/h for kilometres at a time. That was on the Monday afternoon.

240glt May 17, 2016 7:54 PM

Back on Tuesday so it shouldn't be so bad. I know the TCH can get pretty bunged up on the last day of the long weekend so try to avoid

I haven't driven 93 in a while, that road is ridiculous on long weekends, everything between RV's going 30k under the speed limit to idiots pushing 160 passing on blind corners... That stretch is one of the worst long weekend drives!

Airboy May 17, 2016 8:35 PM

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Originally Posted by 240glt (Post 7444214)
Anything to watch out for on 16/5 North of Kamloops, then on the # 1 east back to Alberta ? Headed out in a few days to the cabin in the Cariboo and going to do the Yellowhead out and Trans Canada back

There is single lane traffic for Bridge construction 3 before Jasper and one after heading west in the Park. Some construction in Hinton on the west side of town.

I saw nothing of significance on the run from Kamloops to the Border. I did this run 2 weeks ago. and the Jasper Run again last Friday.

240glt May 17, 2016 9:19 PM

They're still working on those bridges ? Wow.

Thanks for the tips.

Mishpet1 May 18, 2016 4:04 AM

Just came back through the Hope Princeton on Saturday and they had the new widened / aligned section open 20 km west of Princeton. Lots of other work going on just further west (around pole cutter creek). Looks good. Wish they could start fixing the really tight curves

240glt May 18, 2016 5:43 PM

That'll improve access to the south Okanagan quite a lot

Miss driving that road.. Probably been 15 years

Phil McAvity May 23, 2016 12:28 AM

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Originally Posted by SOSS (Post 7421865)
The new McKenzie interchange will be built as a partial cloverleaf reflecting the preferred option of 75% of those who participated in the public consultation, Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone announced today. This design is also the safest, most efficient option and best meets the long-term needs of this region.

“I would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to let us know their thoughts on the McKenzie interchange project, as this input is fundamental to ensuring the interchange meets the needs of those who will be using it,” said Stone. “We heard overwhelming support for the partial cloverleaf design, supported by the team’s ongoing technical analysis, and now our work continues in discussing further details with stakeholder groups and the public as we finalize the design.”

Technical analysis shows that the partial cloverleaf will operate more safely and efficiently than other option – the diamond interchange. The partial cloverleaf reduces the chances of collisions and, as such, is expected to provide $4 million in additional safety benefits over the other options in just the first 20 years. As well, with no stop lights for vehicles turning left onto McKenzie, travel will be more efficient for traffic now and for expected traffic volume in the future.

The design also improves access for cyclists, pedestrians and transit users, making travel better for transit users and safer for cyclists and pedestrians. It provides a separated route for a wider Galloping Goose Trail with a new path over the highway and McKenzie Avenue, avoiding the lights and vehicle traffic. The project will also include bus lanes, transit priority signals, and improved connections to bus stops.

"Saanich's interest in this project has always been to ensure that the preferred option addresses the long-term needs of our community," said Saanich Mayor Richard Atwell. "We look forward to continuing our work with the Province of B.C. on this important transportation initiative."

The ministry recognizes that the partial cloverleaf has a larger footprint on the surrounding area affecting Cuthbert Holmes Park. It remains committed to developing the project in an environmentally responsible way and in the best interest of residents. As the project moves forward, staff will continue to work closely with stakeholders, including the District of Saanich, community associations and park stewards in preparing a comprehensive plan to mitigate the impact on the environment, and ensure there is no net loss of park land.

Meetings will also continue with stakeholder groups to develop the remaining details around cycling and pedestrian connections and noise mitigation strategies. The ministry will showcase the final plan at a third open house scheduled for May 18, 2016, from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at St. Joseph the Worker Parish Hall, 753 Burnside Road West.

Construction is slated to begin this fall.

Link

It took the government a year from the time this project was announced before the design was released. :rolleyes:

240glt May 26, 2016 2:46 PM

Just got back from the cabin in the Central Interior, a few things happening on hwy 5, they're increasing the clearance underneath the rail bridges just south of Tete Jaune so a construction site there, they are re-paving about 50km's from Avola to just north of Blue River, with a passing lane additon at Blue River, I suspect that project will be going on all summer. They were doing repair work on 24 on the big hill, some rockslide mitigation and road work it seems

vernr Jun 21, 2016 6:25 PM

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Originally Posted by 240glt (Post 7444781)
They're still working on those bridges ? Wow.

Thanks for the tips.

My skepticism says the federal government is involved, takes forever. But perhaps they are just slow because they are being very careful not to get any debris in the river.

BC has announced a bit more 3 laning around Vinsulla (north of Kamloops).
https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2016TRAN0136-001038

Airboy Jun 22, 2016 5:15 PM

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Originally Posted by vernr (Post 7481350)
My skepticism says the federal government is involved, takes forever. But perhaps they are just slow because they are being very careful not to get any debris in the river.

BC has announced a bit more 3 laning around Vinsulla (north of Kamloops).
https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2016TRAN0136-001038

They are completely removing the existing bridge and thrust blocks and replacing them with new. I was quite impressed by how fast these were going. the bridges closer to the east gate were getting the decks pored last time I was through and will probably be open if not already before the end of the month.

vernr Jun 24, 2016 3:36 PM

When I first saw this news announcement I was going wahoo! Phase 4 of Kicking Horse will be starting (tunnels and snowshed and bridges, OH MY!), the article's heading, stated Kicking Horse highway improvements.

Nope, just a study to improve the railway crossing for the rafters who want to get to the river near Golden. Necessary because CP is being quite restrictive in their access. Sigh, not even construction, just a study.
https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2016JTST0098-001136

craner Jun 25, 2016 4:09 PM

^:(:hell:

jeremy.r Jul 12, 2016 7:10 PM

Twinning of highway 1 from AB/BC border heading west for 6km through Yoho National Park starting this fall and to be completed by March 2018. Design work to start for remaining 40km through Yoho.

http://calgaryherald.com/news/local-...arts-this-fall

lubicon Jul 12, 2016 8:45 PM

That's a great start, now they just need to follow through on the rest.

craner Jul 13, 2016 4:53 AM

^Amen to that.
Good news about Yoho - hopefully they can maintain the pace and complete the full twinning through the park within 10 years . . . but I'm not betting on it.

lubicon Jul 13, 2016 6:47 PM

If the Province would finish up the Kicking Horse canyon twinning they should carry on and twin the highway west from Golden. That would be relatively cheap to do as the road essentially follows the Columbia River for the first portion and really would not present too many challenges even as far as east boundary of Glacier National Park.


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