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British Columbia Highway 95A

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Highway 95A marker

Highway 95A

Kimberley Highway
Route information
Maintained by British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
Length55 km[1] (34 mi)
Existed1968–present
Major junctions
South end Hwy 3 / Hwy 95 in Cranbrook
North end Hwy 93 / Hwy 95 at Wasa Junction
Location
CountryCanada
ProvinceBritish Columbia
Major citiesCranbrook, Kimberley
Highway system
Hwy 95 Hwy 97

Highway 95A, the Kimberley Highway, is a 55 km (34 mi) long alternate route to Highway 95 that passes through the city of Kimberley and the community of Ta Ta Creek. The highway was created in 1968, when Highway 95 was re-routed from Highway 95A's current route to a path through the Fort Steele area.

The section of 95A running from downtown Kimberley to Ta Ta Creek is also known as the "Sullivan highway" as that section of highway combined with Ross Street (straight through the traffic light if going southbound) used to lead directly to the entrance of the Sullivan mine. Now fairly deserted except for tourist season the "Sully" section of 95A is a popular location for those teaching new drivers how to handle curvy BC highways as it features many intimidating looking but well engineered curves. Every curve in the 100km/h speed limit zone on the Sullivan is properly "banked" and can safely be taken by regular cars, SUVs, and pickups at a full 100km/h in dry weather as the highway was designed for top heavy heavy truck traffic serving the Sullivan mine.

Major intersections

For south to north. The entire route is in the Regional District of East Kootenay.

Locationkm[1]miDestinationsNotes
Cranbrook0.000.00 Hwy 3 / Hwy 95 – Fernie, Cranbrook, USA BorderCranbrook Interchange
8.395.21 Airport Access Road – Airport
Kimberley27.7017.21Wallinger Avenue, Ross Street – Kimberley Alpine ResortHwy 95A branches east
55.4834.47 Hwy 93 / Hwy 95 – Invermere, Radium Hot Springs, Wasa, Fort SteeleThrough traffic follows Hwy 93 north / Hwy 95 north
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

McPhee Bridge

49°34′56″N 115°47′53″W / 49.582344°N 115.798033°W / 49.582344; -115.798033

The McPhee Bridge, also known as the St. Mary's Bridge, rises high above the St. Mary River and is near the Canadian Rockies International Airport and the Shadow Mountain Golf Community. The bridge is used by over 12,000[2] people each day to travel between Cranbrook and Kimberley. It is right on the city boundary of northwest Cranbrook. The present Bridge was opened on September 26, 1981.[3]

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References

  1. ^ a b Landmark Kilometre Inventory (PDF). British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (Report). Cypher Consulting. July 2016. pp. 469–472. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-03-11. Retrieved 2017-12-08.
  2. ^ "Traffic Volumes". Archived from the original on 2018-06-22. Retrieved 2018-06-21.
  3. ^ Government of British Columbia (1982). Ministry of Transportation and Highways Report for the Fiscal Year 1981/82 (Report). p. 286. ISSN 0706-1897.
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