Project: Kicking Horse Canyon Project – Snow Avalanche Hazard Mitigation
Client: Focus Corporation
The Kicking Horse Canyon Project is a multi-phase upgrade currently underway on the Trans-Canada Highway. The highway passes through the Kicking Horse Canyon just east of Golden, BC and is primarily a narrow, winding two-lane highway. Improvements will see the highway upgraded to a modern four-lane standard. Dynamic has consulted through several phases of the project. We evaluated avalanche risk to proposed highway alignments and analyzed mitigation options including barrier location and heights, ditch widths, cut slope design, avalanche protection sheds and bridges. We performed a detailed climate analysis evaluating design snow loads for avalanche protection structures, extreme snowfall amounts and the impact of climate change on avalanche hazards.