Restoration work on the Swan Lake Trestle in Saanich finished almost a week earlier than anticipated.
Thank you @crd_bc Parks team for your quick work replacing the surface of the Swan Lake Trestle In #Saanich. MUCH smoother and reopened a week faster than expected! #yyjpoli win! pic.twitter.com/M1rE2dIC0b
— Colin Plant (@ColinPlant2018) October 6, 2019
The trestle closed to cyclists and pedestrians for the repairs on Sept. 16. Staff from the Capital Regional District (CRD) had estimated resurfacing the trestle would be completed on Oct. 11, but it reopened early on Oct. 6.
New fibre reinforced polymer panels were installed over the existing wood deck of the trestle. Similar work was done on the Brett Avenue Trestle earlier this year and the CRD found it made the deck surface safer for trail users.
Saanich Coun. Colin Plant tweeted that the surface of the Swan Lake Trestle is “much smoother” and commended CRD staff for their quick work. Folks replied with sentiments of gratitude.
Others pointed out that the new surface would make the ride less jarring for cyclists.
The CRD also started repairing the Todd Creek Trestle on Sept. 16 but work is expected to continue until sometime in February 2020 as the restoration project is more extensive. The four-story trestle located near Sooke Potholes Regional Park is undergoing $1.5 million worth of repairs including replacement of the foundation, support posts, deck planks, guard rails and more.
The CRD allotted $1.65 million for the restoration of both the Swan Lake Trestle and the Todd Creek Trestle.