Trans-Canada Highway Avalanche Mitigation

Glacier National Park of Canada, British Columbia

Glacier National Park, located 650 km east of Vancouver, is home to a unique transportation corridor containing the Trans-Canada Highway, Canadian Pacific Railway, and a concentrated cluster of high-frequency avalanche paths. Parks Canada Agency engaged McElhanney to improve the corridor’s safety and reliability by implementing industry-leading avalanche mitigation solutions. These solutions, integrated with the complex existing avalanche control program, reduced the avalanche risk to roadway users and the Canadian Pacific Railway, and helps keep Canadians moving year-round. For the jurors, this was an unprecedented, leading-edge system that stood out for its technical complexity and innovation. They described the project as a showcase for future avalanche mitigation.    

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