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UPDATE - TransCanada Road Conditions June 28

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UPDATE - TransCanada Road Conditions June 28

Friday June 28, 2013 - 10:00 am

Update from Parks Canada

Trans-Canada Highway Restored to 4-Lane Divided Highway through all of Banff National Park

Just a week since bridges east of Banff were torn apart by severe flooding, four-lane traffic is once again moving along the Trans-Canada Highway between the Banff National Park East Gate and the town of Banff. Crews have constructed a detour road and culvert bridge at Carrot Creek to repair the damaged west-bound lanes. This temporary solution will be in place through the summer while a permanent replacement bridge is being built.

Parks Canada welcomes Canadians to Banff National Park for the Canada Day weekend. We continue to offer amazing and memorable experiences Banff visitors expect, as most visitor services remain largely unaffected by the flooding. All visitor centres and most campgrounds are open, however, backcountry camping is currently unavailable until further notice. Many of Banff’s key attractions such as the gondolas at Lake Louise and Banff, the Cave and Basin National Historic Site, the Icefields Parkway and Lake Louise are all open. Visitors are encouraged to check with Parks Canada for updates and current conditions at the following site: www.parkscanada.gc.ca/banff.

The Banff National Park East Gate has reopened and regular park entry fees are in effect - except on Canada Day (July 1) when park entry is free.

Although the Trans-Canada Highway is now fully restored to a 4-lane divided highway throughout Banff National Park, motorists can expect to encounter construction zones and are advised to travel with extra care as workers continue to repair flood damage at Carrot Creek and other locations.

For your own safety, and to protect others:

- respect all traffic signs and traffic control personnel;

- obey speed limits as posted;

- be alert for wildlife on the road (repairs to the wildlife fence are still underway); and

- be prepared for occasional delays.

All traffic regulations will continue to be strictly enforced.

CYCLISTS please note: The Legacy (cycling) Trail beside the Trans-Canada Highway between the park's East Gate and the turn-off to Banff remains closed, due to impassable sections. Please exercise extra caution if you choose to cycle on the Trans-Canada Highway

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1. Re: UPDATE - TransCanada Road Conditions June 28

What a wonderful country Canada is! It should be renamed CanDO!!

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2. Re: UPDATE - TransCanada Road Conditions June 28

Awwww,shucks ""blush""

Thanks, Pamjo!

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3. Re: UPDATE - TransCanada Road Conditions June 28

A job well done!!!!!! Congrats Canada!!!!!! Leave tomorrow morning for the 1250 mile journey. Weather looks fantastic the 5 days we will be in the park!! Looking forward to the Canada Day celebration on Monday!

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4. Re: UPDATE - TransCanada Road Conditions June 28

Has there been a lot of rain in the Rockies? We're from southern Wisconsin, and we've had a tremendous amount of rain, too. I was hoping you all up there weren't getting it. I am really nervous about the mosquitoes now.

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5. Re: UPDATE - TransCanada Road Conditions June 28

I guess you haven't seen the news from this area. We had major flooding in Canmore, Calgary, and some other Alberta communities starting last Thursday. 100,000 people were evacuated from their Calgary homes, and the town of Canmore was temporarily cut off from the Trans-Canada Highway until several key bridges could be replaced. The flooding is now past, people are returning to their homes, and the rebuilding has started:

cbc.ca/news/…calgary-flood-closures-list.html

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6. Re: UPDATE - TransCanada Road Conditions June 28

I have been Binging the storys. Can't believe it. The rain this year is phenomenal. We're getting too much as well. Thanks for your update.

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7. Re: UPDATE - TransCanada Road Conditions June 28

Friday at noon there were still sections of only one lane each way at both Carrot Creek and Cougar Creek. I was driving through there at that time. It did look like it would be two lanes each way very soon.

In addition there were two one lane sections (eastbound only) around Dead Man's Flats where gravel was being cleared from the road.

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8. Re: UPDATE - TransCanada Road Conditions June 28

This is good to hear. Thanks for the update. I imagine they are working extra hard to get the roads open since it's tourist season. Hopefully by the time we get up there everything will be fine for traveling. I FEAR the mosquitoes, though. LOL

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9. Re: UPDATE - TransCanada Road Conditions June 28

That's good to hear. We were in Banff until Tuesday last week and had to drive the loooong way around to the airport due to the road closures. Hopefully trails in Banff will open up too. We were disappointed that we could not get to the lakes around Banff or Johnson Canyon.

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10. Re: UPDATE - TransCanada Road Conditions June 28

We plan to drive Valmont to Jasper then follow the Icefields parkway to Banff and drive to Canmore. Finally we will take Route 93 down through Radium Hot Springs into Montana. Can anyone confirm these routes are all completely open? I have been researching online, but am getting mixed reports, especially whether I can drive the entire Icefields parkway.

Thanks for any info --greatly appreciated!