Victoria, BC- A section of the E&N Rail Trail – Humpback Connector is open for use, the Capital Regional District (CRD) announced today. This new section of trail is located in the Town of View Royal, and extends 2.1 km from 4-Mile Bridge to the Galloping Goose Regional Trail at Island Highway/Burnside Road West, also known as the Colwood interchange.
“This new regional trail is one of the largest construction projects to be undertaken by CRD Regional Parks and we are excited at opening this portion,” said CRD Regional Parks Chair Susan Brice. “When entirely complete, the trail will provide an additional connection across the region. It will offer opportunities for community recreation, active transportation, green tourism, and promotion of an active and healthy lifestyle.”
The E&N Rail Trail-Humpback Connector is being built largely within the rail corridor between Victoria and Langford. Construction of this 17-km paved cycling and pedestrian trail began in 2009 and will be developed in five sections over the decade.
A second section of the trail is nearing completion. It consists of 6.6 km of new trail in Langford, View Royal, Esquimalt and Victoria, and 2.5 km of upgraded trail along the Galloping Goose near Atkins Road, where the Goose and the E&N will use the same route. Seven of the 9 kilometres of this section are complete. The CRD is currently seeking grant funding to initiate a future section between the Galloping Goose/Atkins Avenue and Savory School in Langford. It will connect existing sections of the trail, creating a continuous stretch of 7.5 km in Langford and View Royal.
“Like most large-scale construction projects, the rail trail is complex. It involves numerous parties and partners, including four municipalities, two First Nations, Island Corridor Foundation and residents adjacent to the corridor,” Brice said. “There are requirements relating to construction, railway operation and safety, underground utilities, and municipal bylaws that must be addressed with each section of trail. We appreciate the public’s support, patience and cooperation as we work through the various requirements and processes, which all take time. We look forward to opening new sections of the trail in the future.”
The total project value is estimated at $36 million. $17 million has been spent to date, with the majority of the funding obtained from the Federal Gas Tax Fund, Recreational Infrastructure Canada Program, BC Local Motion Fund, and the Provincial Cycling Infrastructure Program. Additional sections will be developed as funding becomes available.
E&N Rail Trail Fast Facts:
•17 kilometres in length when complete.
• Will be the only rail-with-trail in the region.
• Forms part of the regional trail network managed by the CRD (along with the Galloping Goose & Lochside Regional Trails).
• Will stretch from the Johnson Street Bridge to Humpback Road, linking Victoria to the western communities.
• Connects with the Galloping Goose at Johnson Street Bridge and at Island Highway/Burnside Road, creating a 18 km circle route.
• 3 future sections planned: Atkins Avenue to Selwyn Road (Savory School); Jacklin Road to Humpback Road; Esquimalt Road to the Johnson Street Bridge.
• A further link to Sooke Hills Wilderness Regional Park Reserve is envisioned along Humpback Road, which will connect people to visitor facilities, including parking and washrooms, and future trails.
You can follow the trail development and see the latest construction photos by subscribing to www.crd.bc.ca/project/capital-projects/e-n-rail-trail.
The CRD is a local government that delivers 200+ regional, sub-regional and local services for residents of the region which includes 13 municipalities and three electoral areas within 2370 square kilometres on southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Governed by a 24 member Board of Directors, the CRD is working to serve the public, and build a vibrant, livable and sustainable region.
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