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Sinkhole closes stretch of Hwy 1 near Banff

A sinkhole, which has formed near Banff, Alta., has closed a stretch of the Trans-Canada Highway 1 and is causing traffic to be diverted through the town. 

In a social media post, the Town of Banff said the sinkhole has caused all eastbound highway traffic to be detoured at Norquay Road. 

The town said the sinkhole in the eastbound lanes is about seven metres long and two metres wide. Parks Canada crews, Standish Towing, RCMP and Town of Banff Municipal Enforcement are helping detour traffic through town at all main intersections. 

An aerial shot of the highway, with small red block drawn on to illustrate the sinkhole.
The Town of Banff said the sinkhole is about seven metres long and two metres wide. (Town of Banff/X)

The teams are organizing a detour for later Thursday evening in which traffic will share the westbound lanes of the highway. 

The town asked people to stay away from the existing detour route to allow transport vehicles to move through safety. 

The town asked motorists not to exit town on Norquay Road — and added that engineers are on site to determine temporary solutions and long-term repairs. 

The RCMP and Alberta 511 also reported the closure between Norquay Road and Compound Road, and said drivers should expect some delays.

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