Trans-Canada Highway 1 (TCH)
Kamloops to Golden Project
The Trans Canada Highway is the primary east-west numbered route through British Columbia. It is part of National Highway System linking British Columbia to the rest of Canada. It provides linkages and junctions with all major north-south routes providing connectivity across the province.
The majority of the TCH from Kamloops to Golden is primarily a two-lane highway that traverses a wide variety of terrain and topographies. It passes through many communities and cities; runs adjacent to CP Rail for significant stretches; passes through agricultural lands, crosses wet lands and water courses; and runs adjacent to many fish bearing streams and lakes.
The corridor is heavily utilized by tourists with traffic volumes peaking in summer months that range from 8,000 to 18,000 vehicles per day. Along with tourism, commercial carriers make up a large proportion of traffic along this section of the Trans-Canada Highway.
The highway is being improved to a modern four-lane standard with a design speed of 100 km/hour to move traffic more safely and efficiently. Sharp curves and steep grades are being reduced, and narrow bridges are being replaced to increase capacity, improve traffic operations and reduce hazards.
Revitalizing this portion of the national highway system, a critical link to British Columbia’s ports and southern routes, is critical to strengthening the province as Canada’s Asia-Pacific connection and gateway to the world. Improvements to the Trans-Canada Highway are providing a safer and more efficient journey for all travelers, and a competitive corridor for the east-west movement of goods to ports.
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