Ensure Trans-Canada Highway is safe in the Bow Valley!

Ensure Trans-Canada Highway is safe in the Bow Valley!

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Serious car accidents involving elk have been seen along Highway 1, specifically from the gates of Banff National Park to Lac-des-Arcs.

On Feb 28, 2019, a multi-vehicle collision involving elk on the Trans-Canada Highway seriously damaged three cars. Having survived a subsequent accident, a woman from Calgary reported her experience in a letter she wrote to the Rocky Mountain Outlook when she hit an elk close to Canmore. This weekend another accident happened as a large truck hit and killed 6 elk outside of Canmore. 

Though not perfect, fencing keeps wildlife out of highways and encourage them to use wildlife underpasses. This measure has been proven effective and reduced accidents inside Banff National Park.

In Canmore, there is one underpass close to Three Sisters and another one close to Dead Man's Flat. However, due to lack of maintenance wildlife hasn't been following the fencing to use the underpass - which means that they end up on the highway or trapped outside of the fenced areas, endangering drivers.

Alberta Transportation is responsible for roadway safety and operation. While there was a consultant hired last spring to do a design and cost-benefit analysis for a wildlife overpass, nothing has been done yet.

We urge the Alberta government to consider proper fencing and/or other projects to ensure drivers are safe in our community!