Kicking Horse Canyon Improvement Project – British Columbia, Canada

Project Details
  • Trans Park Highway General Partnership
Project Value

CA$125 million

Project Duration


Services Provided

Design management, bridge design, construction quality control

Connecting B.C. and Alberta

Kicking Horse Canyon is the major east–west connection between British Columbia and Alberta and is essential to the commerce but had seen little improvement since its construction in the mid-1950s. In July 2002, the Province of British Columbia, through the Ministry of Transportation, embarked on the Kicking Horse Canyon Improvement Project. The CA$960 million project was divided into three major phases:

  • Phase 1: Double the Capacity of Yoho Bridge
  • Phase 2: Replace the Park Bridge
  • Phase 3: Improve the rest of the corridor

In September 2005, Parsons joined with Flatiron Constructors of Canada Ltd. as Trans Park Highway Constructors in a design-build joint venture to design and construct phase 2 of the Kicking Horse Canyon Improvement Project. This CA$125 million fast-track project included construction of 5.8 km of new highway pavement along a new alignment and a 90-meter-high, 405-meter-long bridge above the Kicking Horse River. Parsons provided design management, bridge design, and construction quality control; Flatiron Constructors led the construction.

The Kicking Horse Canyon Improvement Project exemplifies the trend toward public-private partnerships (P3s). The client, Trans Park Highway General Partnership (TPHG), will operate and maintain the entire 26-km corridor for the next 25 years in exchange for payments from the Province (Progress Payments) based on traffic volumes and service levels. TPHG is a nonrecourse special-purpose company established by Bilfinger Berger BOT Inc.

Phase 2 of the project opened to traffic on August 31, 2007—21 months ahead of the original schedule envisioned by the Province. Meeting this schedule required active construction year-round.

Our team’s innovative engineering solutions helped cut millions of dollars in project costs on this program. In addition, our work made this historic section of highway safer and allows traffic to flow more smoothly.

Featured Oct 2007/Updated Jul 2017

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