Great news - just received from Banff Lake Louise Tourism
IMPORTANT UPDATE: TRANS-CANADA HIGHWAY RE-OPENS
June 26, 2013 3:00 pm
Parks Canada Opens Trans-Canada Highway from Town of Banff to Park's East Gate
Parks Canada is pleased to announce that the Trans-Canada Highway re-opened at 3 pm today east of the town of Banff, for both private and commercial vehicles. Due to the repairs still underway, the highway will be reduced to single-lane traffic in each direction for 12 kilometres between the park's East Gate and the turn-off to the town of Banff. The rest of the Trans-Canada Highway through Banff National Park (west of the Town of Banff) remains a divided highway with 4-lane traffic.
Alberta Transportation Opens the Trans-Canada Highway East of the Park
With the 2-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.
Please note that driving conditions are not yet back to normal in the 12-kilometre active construction zone in the park. For the safety of the travelling public, as well as those still working in the area:
- respect all traffic signs and traffic control personnel;
- obey reduced speed limits as posted;
- do not pass or stop for the length of the detour;
- be alert for wildlife (repairs to the wildlife fence are still underway); and
- prepare for unexpected delays.
All traffic regulations will be strictly enforced.
CYCLISTS PLEASE NOTE:
The Legacy Trail beside the Trans-Canada Highway remains closed for safety reasons. Sections of the trail between Banff and the park's East Gate are impassable due to flood damage. If you are on a cycle trip through the park, you must take the town of Banff's Roam shuttle bus between Banff and Canmore (see schedule at www.banff.ca). Recreational cyclists and commuters wishing to cycle between Banff and Canmore are advised that the RCMP will NOT allow bicycle traffic on the Trans-Canada Highway at this time - it is simply too unsafe. We will send out a notification when this ban is lifted.
We thank all travellers for their patience over the last week as Parks Canada, Public Works and Government Services, the Towns of Banff and Canmore, our industry and tourism partners, and the Province of Alberta have worked together to reopen this vital transportation corridor. We are working diligently toward full restoration of the Trans-Canada Highway as soon as possible.