Victoria, BC– Construction of a new trail bridge at Hereward Road, adjacent to the existing rail bridge, is underway for the E & N (Esquimalt and Nanaimo) Rail Trail. Minimal disruptions to Hereward Road are expected and the majority of work will be conducted during business hours.
The E & N Rail Trail Is a paved pedestrian and cycling trail planned alongside the train tracks within the rail corridor. This 17km trail will form a key part of the regional trail network and will provide a multi-use transportation link between Victoria and the West Shore. The new trail is being developed by the Capital Regional District (CRD). Once built, the trail will be managed by CRD Regional Parks, similar to the existing Galloping Goose and Lochside regional trails.
Crews have also been working on bridge construction at Helmcken Road, as well as Island Highway at Four Mile. Construction on all bridges is expected to be complete by September. Further trail construction within the rail corridor westward from Esquimalt Road is scheduled for the summer and fall. Last October, contractors started work on the section of trail in Langford.
The E & N trail will be constructed in a phased approach as funding allows. The CRD anticipates that the entire Phase 1 of the E&N Rail Trail—a 14.3 kilometre contiguous route from Esquimalt Road in the City of Victoria to Jacklin Road in the City of Langford—will be complete by the end of 2010. Phase 1 will be comprised of the newly constructed rail trail, sections of the Galloping Goose Regional Trail, as well as cycling lanes and sections on municipal roads. The development cost for Phase 1 is estimated at $12.5 million.
More information on the E&N Rail Trail project can be found here
Map of Phase 1 of the Trail
E&N Bulletin Update, February 2010
For further information please contact:
Laurie Sthamann, Communications Coordinator
CRD Regional Parks
Tel: 250.360.3332 | Cell: 250.889.8030