Banff Sinkhole Disrupts Trans-Canada Highway Traffic, Forces Detours Through Town

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A newly-formed sinkhole near Banff, Alta., has led to the closure of a segment of Trans-Canada Highway 1, causing a detour for eastbound traffic via Norquay Road. According to a social media post from the Town of Banff, the sinkhole measures approximately seven meters in length and two meters in width.

Multiple Agencies Involved in Traffic Management

Parks Canada crews, Standish Towing, the RCMP, and the Town of Banff’s Municipal Enforcement are collaboratively managing traffic at key intersections throughout the town. The team is also planning an alternate detour for later on Thursday, in which eastbound and westbound traffic will share the highway’s westbound lanes.

Town Issues Advisory

The local authorities have requested that people refrain from using the current detour route to ensure the safe passage of transport vehicles. Additionally, motorists have been advised not to leave the town via Norquay Road. Engineers are currently assessing the situation to develop both temporary and long-term solutions for the sinkhole.

The Town of Banff said the sinkhole is about seven metres long and two metres wide.
The Town of Banff said the sinkhole is about seven metres long and two metres wide.

Anticipated Delays and Road Closure Reports

Both the RCMP and Alberta 511 have announced the road closure between Norquay Road and Compound Road and are warning drivers to anticipate delays.

The unfolding situation has created inconvenience for drivers and poses an immediate challenge for authorities tasked with ensuring the safe and efficient rerouting of traffic.