June 13, 2014 7:02 pm

Twinning of Trans-Canada in Banff means safer highway for drivers, animals

CALGARY- It took 33 years, but those driving through Banff National Park can now enjoy safer roads.

The Trans-Canada Highway has now been twinned all the way from the park gates to the Alberta-B.C. border, at a total cost of $317 million.

“It did take some time, it’s a challenging environment, but certainly something that is going to be a very significant thing for years and years to come,” says Wildrose MP Blake Richards.

Several wildlife overpasses and underpasses were added as part of the three-phase project, so that mountain animals can easily migrate.

“It basically connects the habitat in the Bow Valley from side to side, and allows those species to use the whole Bow Valley,” explains conservation manager Rick Kubian.

The combination of crossings along with fencing on both sides of Highway 1 are expected to reduce collisions by more than 80 per cent.

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