E&N Rail Trail – Humpback Connector Construction Underway: Esquimalt Road to Wilson Street

Sep 17, 2015

Victoria, BC– A section of new trail on the E&N Rail Trail is under construction in the City of Victoria extending from Esquimalt Road to Wilson Street. The work is scheduled to be complete by December 2015 and is expected to cause intermittent disruptions to road traffic on Esquimalt Road.

This latest development will link completed trail sections to the west. It also addresses safety upgrades of the railway crossing at Esquimalt Road and connects trail users to existing bike lanes on Esquimalt Road in Victoria.

The construction value of approximately $1 million of this trail section is funded from the Federal Gas Tax Fund, Recreational Infrastructure Canada Program, BC Local Motion Fund, and the Provincial Cycling Infrastructure Program.

In entirety, the E&N Rail Trail-Humpback connector is being developed from the Johnson Street Bridge in the core of the region to Humpback Road on the region’s outer boundary in Langford. The trail is an important part of the overall active transportation network the CRD is developing to provide opportunities for community recreation, active transportation, green tourism, and an active and healthy lifestyle.

Like most large-scale construction projects, developing the trail is complex. It involves numerous parties and partners, including municipalities, First Nations, Island Corridor Foundation and residents adjacent to the corridor. There are various requirements relating to construction, railway operation and safety, underground utilities, and municipal bylaws that must be addressed with each section of trail. The CRD appreciates the public’s support, patience and cooperation and looks forward to opening this new section in December 2015.

You can follow the trail development and see the latest construction photos by subscribing to https://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.

E&N Rail Trail Development Map (PDF)

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For media inquiries, please contact:
Andy Orr, Senior Manager
CRD Corporate Communications
Tel: 250.360.3229
Cell: 250.216.5492