PROJECT DETAIL PHASE 1 (completed)
Yoho (Five Mile) Bridge and Approaches
Cost $64 million
(BC $43 million/Canada $21 million)
Completed Fall 2006
A new crossing has replaced the 1950’s-era Yoho Bridge. The project included a realignment of the highway approaches to new twin concrete bridges over the Kicking Horse River and the CPR railway as well as a section of realigned four-lane highway to the east. This section was constructed in three stages:
The first contract for completion of rock work at 6 Mile Hill was completed in 2000 by Dawson Construction. The work included the removal of approximately 86,000 cubic metres of rock and the installation of 4,000 square metres of ‘shotcrete’ and rock bolting in preparation for construction of the east bridge approach.
A contract was awarded to Peter Kiewit & Sons Co. Ltd. in 2002 to construct the 270 metre long Yoho Bridge replacement. This work included the construction of a 500 metre long rock debris protection wall, 14 metres high at its apex, to eliminate one of the many rock fall areas within the project corridor. The new bridge opened to traffic in the fall of 2004.
The last contract of Phase 1 was awarded to Emil Anderson Construction in July 2004. The work included the construction of a 4 lane re-alignment of the highway from the 6 Mile Hill to the rest area approximately two kilometres east of the Yoho Bridge. In operation in the fall of 2006, the completed highway segment included an award-winning, innovative cantilevered structure over a bend in the Kicking Horse River.