The Capital Regional District hopes of have Phases 1 of the E&N Rail Trail-Humpback Connector

Capital Regional District ready to show off plans for E&N Rail Trail

Get ready to ride, run and stroll, as the Capital Regional District’s E&N Rail Trail nears completion.

Get ready to ride, run and stroll, as the Capital Regional District’s E&N Rail Trail nears completion.

The cycling and pedestrian path within the E&N rail corridor is intended to provide a new route between the West Shore and downtown Victoria.

An open house is being hosted by CRD at Strawberry Vale Community Hall (11 High St.) in View Royal tomorrow (June 27) from 4 to 7 p.m.

The public is invited to meet with the key players and hear about trail developments.

“We just want to show people all that has been going on over the years, and where we’re at and where we’re heading,” CRD Regional Parks planner Carolyn Stewart said.

Phase 1 of the project is ongoing with several project areas over 6.6 kilometres of new trail. Funding for the project has come from government grants and from the CRD’s capital funds.

The first three are complete, including the stretch from Jacklin Rd. to Savory School in Langford, the paving of the Galloping Goose from Wale Road to Burnside West (the two trails are co-located for this stretch) and the building of four bridges, including the one at Helmcken Rd. and Island Hwy.).

In progress is the stretch from Esquimalt Rd. to Admirals and Colville roads intersection. The paving is mostly done for this bit, but some safety upgrades to intersections are needed before it can open.

Project areas five and six are also ongoing, incorporating stretches from Admirals Road to Maplebank Road, in Esquimalt and from Hallowell Road to the Island Highway in View Royal.

The View Royal stretch is supposed to be done at the end of the month. Phase 1 is hoped to be complete by the end of the year.

“There are times when it’s hard to see the progress. There actually has been a lot of progress and we want people to know we’re trying our hardest to get this done for them,” Stewart said.

Phase 2 will begin in the fall, and will finish the stretch from Island Highway at 4-Mile Bridge to Burnside West interchange.

There is expected to be an official opening once Phase 1 is complete, although many sections are currently open and used.

Future phases are in the planning, including a route in Langford from Atkins Road to Savory School and Jacklin Road to Humpback Road. There is no funding in place yet for these phases. The CRD will be looking to Langford council for input on which option has priority.

A stretch from the Johnson Street Bridge to Esquimalt Road is also planned for the future.

“It’ll be another awesome trail connecting the communities in the region,” Stewart said. “This will provide both a route for active transportations … for the Western Communities into Victoria, which is tremendous, (and also) a recreational route.”

 

To connect View Royal and Esquimalt, the trail would have to go through Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations lands. No deal has been reached yet, but work is ongoing to reach an arrangement.

 

 

Just Posted

Greater Victoria sees lowest rainfall numbers for November in decades

Only a third of the expected rainfall was seen across the Capital Region

Cloudy with a chance of showers ahead for Thursday

Plus a look ahead at the weekend’s forecast

Esquimalt Celebration of Lights ‘switches on’ Christmas for 14th year

Free community events draws hundreds for parade, entertainment and visits with Santa

West Shore sees drop in traffic violations

The 315 violations in first six months of the year represent a 42 per cent decrease from 2018

French horn player brings holiday spirit to an Oak Bay afternoon

Musician raising money for Wounded Warriors, plays horn at veteran ceremonies

VIDEO: A brief history of bumps in the Trudeau-Trump relationship

Remember Peter Navarro saying ‘there’s a special place in hell’ for a foreign leader who aims to cheat?

POLL: Will you be donating to charities over the holiday season?

Many here in Victoria joined others around the world to take part… Continue reading

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Dec. 3

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Half of shoppers say they have no holiday spending budget

B.C. consumers surveyed estimate they will spend $921 this season

Opening day delayed at Mount Washington

Dec. 6 was set as opening day but will now be delayed due to lack of snow.

Province begins forfeiture of Shawnigan contaminated soil site

The forfeiture proceedings do not impact the closure plan for the landfill site

Man killed in crash due to ‘absolutely treacherous’ conditions on Coquihalla

Winter means icy roads are dangerous and drivers should be careful, RCMP say

Former Burns Lake mayor gets two years for sexual assaults against minors

The Crown is seeking four to six years federal time; the defence wants 18 months in provincial jail

Bag of cocaine left in Vancouver Island grocery store aisle

RCMP: ‘We sure would like to talk to’ person who left drugs behind

Most Read