This Bridge across the Kicking Horse River near Golden, BC opens tomorrow, 21 months ahead of schedule!
The investment, part of a $2.3-billion reconstruction of a 26-kilometre stretch of highway, should prove fruitful for Canadian business while also saving lives, the premier said.
“It’s the gateway from B.C. to the rest of Canada, from Canada to British Columbia and from British Columbia to the world,” Campbell said during an opening ceremony Thursday for the bridge, which rises 90 metres over the Kicking Horse River.
“It will save us hundreds of lives and it will provide for economic opportunities for people throughout the province,” he added.
The bridge “a feat of engineering” will ease congestion as vehicles curve up and over, and also through the mountains, Kootenay-Columbia MP Jim Abbott said. The estimated 2,000 commercial trucks that travel through the canyon daily will also be able to drive along an improved six-kilometre section of the highway.