Trans Canada Highway open to all traffic east of Banff

| June 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

Trans Canada Highway open to all commercial and public traffic

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The Trans Canada Highway is open to traffic less than one week after the crippling flood. Drivers are urged to factor in extra time to their journey as construction is ongoing.

The Trans Canada Highway is now open between Calgary to Canmore and Canmore to Banff to all traffic.  The highway has been closed since flooding severely damaged the major roadway last Thursday.

The Town of Banff reminds motorists that driving conditions are not back to normal in many areas where the highway is two lanes.  Drivers are asked to obey posted speed limit signs, respect all traffic signs and flag people, prepare for unexpected delays and do not pass on any two lane sections.  Also, please be on the lookout for wildlife in the area as wildlife fences have been damaged in some areas.  At this time, no bicycles are allowed on the highway between Canmore and Banff and residents of the area are asked to take Roam public transit between Canmore and Banff or to carpool to alleviate the expected congestion.

Drivers are warned that all traffic regulations will be strictly enforced by the RCMP. Speed limits will be reduced and travel times will be greatly increased because of the ongoing restrictions, repairs and construction. Anyone traveling in the area is warned to plan extra time for your journey.

With the two-lane detour now open in the park, private and commercial traffic may now travel between Golden and Calgary. Commercial traffic is also now permitted on Highway 93 South between Castle Junction and Radium.

Highway 1A is still closed between Canmore and Exshaw to private vehicles and cyclists until further notice.

Anyone visiting Canmore is asked to use the Town Centre or Visitor Information Exit.  Unless you are traveling to Three Sisters, do not use the Three Sisters Parkway exit.  To respect those affected by the flood and to allow for much needed repair work, everyone is asked to stay away from Cougar Creek and the damaged homes.

Cyclists are warned that the Legacy Trail beside the Trans-Canada Highway remains closed for safety reasons. Many sections of the trail between Banff and Canmore have been destroyed or are impassable due to flood damage.

If you are on a cycle trip through the park, you must take the Roam Regional Transit between Banff and Canmore.  Click here for a Roam schedule.   Due to safety concerns, recreational cyclists and commuters wishing to cycle between Banff and Canmore are advised that the RCMP will not allow any bicycle traffic on the Trans-Canada Highway at this time.

Motorists and residents are reminded that heavy truck traffic is expected on the Trans-Canada Highway between Banff and Canmore as travel restrictions are reduced. Residents commuting between Banff and Canmore are encouraged to continue to use Roam through Thursday or to carpool to alleviate congestion and delays. You should expect delays.

Roam will continue to provide free service through Thursday, June 27. Hourly service will begin with the first pick-up at 7 a.m. in Banff and 7:30 a.m. in Canmore with the last pick up in Banff at 9 p.m. and in Canmore at 9:30 p.m. Three buses will be running from 7 to 9 a.m. Thursday morning and from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday evening. Two buses will be running between 9 a.m. -5 p.m. Thursday.

It is anticipated that Roam will return to its regular schedule, route and fee-based service Friday, June 28. For the schedule, visit www.roamtransit.com

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