Victoria, BC– The Capital Regional District (CRD) Board has awarded a contract to start the next segment of the E&N Rail Trail – Humpback Connector, to be constructed between Hallowell and Maplebank Roads. Donn Mann Excavating Ltd. has been awarded $783,960 for the construction of the trail and the civil engineering works for the railway crossing upgrades. Construction will begin in February-March.
“The E&N Rail Trail is complete north of Hallowell Road and south of Maplebank Road. The contract is the start to filling the 1 km gap in this route,” said Barbara Desjardins, CRD Board Chair. “We are also working with the Town of View Royal, Esquimalt and Songhees Nations, and The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure on further trail construction along Admirals and Hallowell Roads.
That work will start later this spring and result in a continuous 11km trail between Esquimalt Road in Victoria and Atkins Avenue in Langford.
“Development of the E&N Rail Trail for cycling and pedestrian use has been generously supported by the federal and provincial governments through several grants, including UBCM Gas Tax and Bike BC programs,” said Mike Hicks, CRD Regional Parks Committee Chair.
The CRD Board also approved $421,310 to go to Southern Railway of Vancouver Island for the purchase, installation and commissioning of safety equipment for the railway crossing. The safety improvements at the rail crossing will meet new Canadian Railway-Roadway Grade Crossings Standards adopted by Transport Canada.
Since the beginning of the project in 2007, approximately $23 million in funding has been awarded toward this $36 million initiative. Upon completion of the Hallowell to Maplebank segment of trail, two further sections of trail construction are slated for future development: a 1 km section of trail from the railway crossing on Atkins Avenue to Savory School, and a 1.3 km of trail linking Esquimalt Road to the Johnson Street bridge. The final segment of trail required to complete the proposed E&N Rail Trail is a 3.6 km section of trail from Jacklin Road to Humpback Road in the City of Langford. No funding or time frame have been approved for this future phase yet. This final phase will complete the 17.4 km regional trail from Victoria to Langford.
For more information, please visit www.crd.bc.ca/project/capital-projects/e-n-rail-trail
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