Public agitation for a national road began as early as 1910, but more than half a century elapsed before it was completed. The 7821 km Trans-Canada Hwy was formally opened at ROGERS PASS on 30 July 1962. Canadians could now drive, using ferry services on both coasts, from St John's, Nfld, to Victoria, BC, but more than 3000 km were still unpaved. Work started in the summer of 1950 with an infusion of $150 million of federal funds (half the estimated cost) provided for in the Trans-Canada Highway Act (1949). Cost-sharing plans, revised twice, increased the federal contribution to $825 million. Standards called for pavement widths of 6.7 m and 7.3 m; ample shoulder width, bridge clearances and sight distances; low gradients and curvature; elimination of railway grade crossings wherever possible; and a maximum load-bearing capacity of 9.1 t per axle. Construction was supervised by the provinces. The target date for completion was Dec 1956, but the job was more difficult and more expensive than anticipated. For example, the route between Golden and Revelstoke, BC, passes through Rogers Pass, where snowfall reaches 15.2 m per year and presents tremendous avalanche hazards. Snowsheds, earth mounds and other devices for avalanche control had to be provided. In Québec, the tunnel under the St Lawrence R at Boucherville Islands, which is part of the entranceway to Montréal, was a difficult project costing approximately $75 million and covering little more than 1 km of the highway. Finished in 1970, the highway had cost over $1 billion. It is the longest national highway in the world.
- MLA 8TH EDITION
- Gilchrist, C.W.. "Trans-Canada Highway". The Canadian Encyclopedia, 28 March 2019, Historica Canada. https://thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/trans-canada-highway. Accessed 26 January 2020.
- APA 6TH EDITION
- Gilchrist, C., Trans-Canada Highway (2019). In The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/trans-canada-highway
- CHICAGO 17TH EDITION
- Gilchrist, C.W., "Trans-Canada Highway". In The Canadian Encyclopedia. Historica Canada. Article published February 07, 2006; Last Edited March 28, 2019. https://thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/trans-canada-highway
- TURABIAN 8TH EDITION
- Gilchrist, C.W.. The Canadian Encyclopedia, s.v. "Trans-Canada Highway", Last Edited March 28, 2019, https://thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/trans-canada-highway
|Article by||C.W. Gilchrist|
|Published Online||February 7, 2006|
|Last Edited||March 23, 2015|
Public agitation for a national road began as early as 1910, but more than half a century elapsed before it was completed. The 7821 km Trans-Canada Hwy was formally opened at ROGERS PASS on 30 July 1962. Canadians could now
Trans Canada Highway sign east of Canadian Rockies in Alberta. The all-weather Trans-Canada Highway opened over the pass in 1962 (Corel Professional Photos). Wildlife overpass along Trans Canada highway in Banff National Park.