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Old 06-27-13, 02:44 AM
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From Banff National Park

Traffic is rolling: the Trans-Canada Highway is open between Calgary and Banff!

Banff National Park is pleased to announce that the Trans-Canada Highway re-opened at 3:30 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.

At 3:30 pm today, Alberta Transportation reopened the Trans-Canada Highway east of the park, at Canmore, in both directions. With the 2-lane detour now open in the park, private and commercial traffic may travel between Golden and Calgary. Commercial traffic is also now permitted on Highway 93 South between Castle Junction and Radium.



They've been working hard over there!!
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Old 06-27-13, 02:59 AM
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Also from Banff National Park ... posted 11 hours ago and applicable to cyclists ...

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 Roam Regional Transit between Banff and Canmore (see schedule at www.banff.ca/roam or www.roamtransit.com). 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.
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Old 06-27-13, 04:11 PM
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Wow that was fast! How on earth did they get those bridges replaced so fast?


I did not realize there was a bike trail. How far does it go?
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Old 06-27-13, 07:35 PM
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Originally Posted by spinnaker
Wow that was fast! How on earth did they get those bridges replaced so fast?


I did not realize there was a bike trail. How far does it go?

From what I can see in the photos, it looks like some sort of temporary structure (almost looks like a dam) has been built across the holes in the road. I suspect there will be ongoing construction for some months yet.

And there is quite a nice paved bicycle trail (or there was) at least between Canmore and Banff. I'm not sure how much further east of Canmore it went.
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Here is a map showing the road closures, road blocks, and damages in Kananaskis Country: https://www.albertaparks.ca/kananaski...amage-map.aspx

It is pretty extensive and I wonder if I'll be able to make it into Kananaskis at all.

I'll be entering this area in about 3 weeks.
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From Banff National Park ...


Get air back in those bike tires. You'll be able to roll on the new blacktop of the Legacy Trail by this Saturday! Crews are putting the finishing touches on repairs to the eastern section of the trail between Banff and the park east gate.



Sounds like the cycling path will be ready this weekend!
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As of July 12, the road through Kasanaskis (Hwy 40) was still closed. I changed my route and am now riding the ACA route that goes on the western side of the Continental Divide (Great Parks North).

I cross into Canada today.
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If you're on the Icefield Parkway, have a look at Banff National Park's facebook page. Lots of interesting information there (including video footage of a rockslide yesterday near Weeping Wall, witnessed by a small group of cyclists) ...

https://www.facebook.com/BanffNP?ref...ocation=stream
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My wife and I just rode through Lake Louise, Banff, and Canmore as part of our route from Vancouver to Glacier National Park, MT via of Calgary. We did not have any problems until we got close to Calgary. Our problems were very insignificant compared to what the folks affected by the floods were dealing with. The small town of Exshaw, just east of Canmore, was still digging out. Many of the people of High River, just a few kilometers south of Calgary, were still shoveling mud out of their homes and businesses when we rode through there this weekend. Almost the entire town was affected by the flooding.

The Bow Valley Parkway, Highway 1A, and Highway 1 were all OK. Most of the campgrounds for a good distance south of Calgary were closed due to flood damage. Highway 22 and Highway 2A were affected. We found this out the hard way on highway 2A out of High River when we went around a "road closed" sign thinking we could get through some places that would stop a car. We had to back track several miles due to a missing bridge. Duh!

Today is a rest day doing only 38 miles. Tomorrow we start climbing into Waterton Lakes National Park.

Try to check out any anticipated stopping places if possible. There should not be any major issues in the Canmore area, but there is still a lot of recovery work going on, and the motels are filled with displaced flood victims and relief workers. Many of the campgrounds were also affected.

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