Construction Set to Begin on E&N Rail Trail

Sep 24, 2009

Victoria, BC - Construction of the Capital Regional District’s new multi-use pathway connecting Victoria to the West Shore is slated to begin in October 2009. Development of the first phase of the Esquimalt and Nanaimo (E&N) Rail Trail will entail a 14.3-kilometre contiguous route from the Johnson Street Bridge in the City of Victoria to Jacklin Road in the City of Langford.

Phase one of the trail will include construction of 6.6 kilometres of new rail trail within the E&N corridor and paving 2.5 kilometres of the Galloping Goose Regional Trail. The trail will also initially connect to existing cycling lanes and sections of municipal roads in Victoria, View Royal, Colwood and Langford.

“Our goal is to construct as much of the trail as possible during this first phase to ensure that we offer increased cycling opportunities to commuters sooner rather than later,” said Christopher Causton, Chair of the CRD Parks Committee. “However, we are maintaining our original vision for the E&N Rail Trail. CRD will continue to work towards a paved multi-use pathway built entirely within the E&N right of way as funding becomes available. Like development of the Galloping Goose and Lochside regional trails, it will take time.”

Phase one consists of five construction projects:

  • Paving 2.5 kilometres of Galloping Goose Regional Trail from Atkins Avenue to Wale Road (October 2009). The Galloping Goose will be closed at this section throughout October.
  • 1.8 kilometres of trail construction from Jacklin Road to Selwyn Road/Atkins Avenue intersection with connection to Savory Elementary School (October–December, 2009).
  • Bridge construction at Hereward Road and Old Island Highway at Four-Mile Hill (2010).
  • 2.5 kilometres of trail construction from Esquimalt Road to Colville Road /Admirals Road intersection (2010).
  • 2.3 kilometres of trail construction from Colville Road /Admirals Road intersection to Four-Mile Bridge (2010).

The development cost for phase one is estimated at $11,860,000. It is anticipated that this portion of the rail trail will be completed by the end of 2010. The estimated cost to construct the entire trail is $22,700,000.

The E&N rail trail is a cycling and walking pathway that will be built within the rail corridor from the Johnson Street bridge in Victoria to Humpback Road in Langford. The Rail Trail will provide a multi-use transportation link between Victoria and the West Shore.

-30-

For further information please contact:
Laurie Sthamann, Communications Coordinator
CRD Regional Parks
Tel: 250.360.3332