TCH twinning closer to completion

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CALGARY, Alta. — The plan to twin the remaining two-lane section of the Trans-Canada Hwy. in Banff National Park is one step closer to being completed.

Parks Canada’s proposal is in the development review stage, following the recent completion of an environmental assessment of the project. The proposal would see the twinning of a 33-km section of the highway between Castle Junction (Hwy. 93) and the Alberta-B.C. border.

The current phase of construction focuses on a 10-12 km stretch.

The section of highway has been the scene of numerous fatal collisions — 24 deaths between 1998 and July 2003.

A public hearing is being held Dec. 3 in Lake Louise. Those wishing to make comments need to make an appointment with Parks Canada’s development office, and that contact can be found on the Parks Canada Web site at

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