A series of projects to upgrade the Trans-Canada Highway in British Columbia, Canada, are close to completion.

Upgrades include four-laning 3.8km of the Golden Hill to West Portal section, developing a new interchange and wildlife overpass at Golden Donald Upper Road, and reducing the highway grades.

The projects form part of the C$68.5m (67m) third phase of the wider Kicking Horse Canyon project.

Federal, provincial and municipal governments have awarded funds for the projects. The Canadian Government has allocated around C$32.3m (31.7m), while the province has offered C$35.63m ($34.9) and the town of Golden nearly C$570,000.

The final phase of the project currently underway includes the upgrade of 1.2km at the West Portal, east of Golden, and is expected to be complete by November 2012.

New electronic message signs on the mountain section of the Trans-Canada Highway will be installed, and programmed remotely through a computer connected to an online DriveBC system.