CRD Begins First Phase of E&N Rail Trail Construction

Jul 08, 2009

Victoria, BC – The Capital Regional District (CRD) Board has approved the construction of the first phase of the E&N Rail Trail, which will provide a contiguous route from the Johnson Street Bridge in the City of Victoria to Jacklin Road in the City of Langford. The trail will be constructed using 9.1 kilometres of existing rail trail and 5.1 kilometres of cycling lanes on municipal roads.

“I am pleased to see the E&N Rail Trail Project move forward with help from the Federal Gas Tax Fund,” said CRD Board Chair Geoff Young. “Investing in green transportation alternatives for our region is an ideal way to create a more sustainable future. The E&N Rail Trail will encourage more environmentally friendly travel between communities.”

The estimated cost to construct the entire trail is $22,700,000. The CRD currently has $11.5 million in available funding for the project from the Federal Gas Tax Fund and BC’s LocalMotion Fund. In order to ensure that as much of the trail as possible can be constructed during the first phase, the CRD has chosen an option that will see construction with a gravel surface and use of existing municipal bike lanes. Use of a gravel surface will save $950,000 over the cost of an asphalt surface.

“Building the trail in stages will ensure that we can offer increased cycling infrastructure to commuters sooner rather than later,” said CRD Parks Committee Chair Christopher Causton. “Though we wish that the entire trail could have been constructed immediately, I believe this is currently the best option for residents.”

Future sections of the Rail Trail, built entirely within the E&N right of way, will be built as funding becomes available; the CRD is currently applying to the federal and provincial governments for additional development funding.

The Esquimalt and Nanaimo Rail Trail corridor stretches from Johnson Street Bridge in Victoria to Humpback Road in Langford. The Rail Trail, built within the existing corridor, will provide a green pathway through communities, rural and urban settings, providing an important multi-use transportation link between Victoria, Esquimalt, View Royal and Langford.

Additional Information:
Map of Phase One of the E&N Rail Trail Project

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Sheila Taylor, Manager, Community Relations
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