New trail to make pedestrians safer

Construction of the new trail on Ferry Island in Terrace, B.C. is starting next Tuesday, a project donated by McElhanney Consulting.

Jonathan Lambert from McElhanney Consulting and Mike Edwards from Progressive Ventures stand on Ferry Island where constructing will be starting for a new trail. Just behind them and across the highway is where the trail will loop down and fork under the bridge.

Construction of a new trail on Ferry Island is starting next Tuesday, a project donated by McElhanney Consulting which will be completed next spring.

The goal is to add 300 metres of new trail south and another 700 metres of new trail north of the Dudley Little Bridge near Walmart, which is the western bridge running adjacent to the campground.

A key part of the project is an underpass so that pedestrians and cyclists coming from the city across the bridge won’t have to cross over Hwy16 to gain access to the island’s main trail network.

The underpass will follow the route of an old road not visible from the highway, which was first used during bridge construction and forms a type of bench.

They will clear trail from the sidewalk of the bridge, forking down and under the highway to the campground side of the island, and also forking into the trees on the northern end of the island where the new trail will be built.

The cost is approximately $100,000 and is in recognition of the company’s 50th anniversary in 2017 of opening an office in Terrace.

McElhanney is more than 100 years old and the Terrace office was its first branch office outside of its main office in Vancouver.

Progressive Ventures is doing the main groundwork of the underpass, doing it at cost (no profit) because of their support for the great community project.

Next week’s goal is to finish the underpass, and the trail will be built by McElhanney crews next spring, said Jonathan Lambert, division manager with McElhanney Consulting.

McElhanney is talking with groups such as the Greater Terrace Beautification Society and the Ministry of Transportation about adding benches, signs and other features.

City council voted Nov. 28 to approve the trail project and to call it the McElhanney Trail.

A sign with the name on it will be made of cedar posts with an arching post and aluminum lettering; the company is looking at having signs on either end of the trail, said Carmen Didier, director of leisure services.

After the trail is developed, the city will be responsible for its ongoing maintenance. Trail costs are typically minimal for Ferry Island but if the island were to flood, there would be maintenance costs for repairs, she added.

The trail will be six feet wide with an eight to nine per cent grade so strollers, walkers and bikes can be maneuvered on it easily, said Didier.

 

 

 

 

 

Just Posted

Thornhill Boil Water Advisory rescinded

Residents are asked to flush their water pipes, clean coffee makers and other appliances

Contractors dig into construction of union office in Terrace

Traffic has been detoured on Kalum St. by Lazelle and Park Ave. for work on the BCGEU office

Baby bear captured on Kalum St.

Bear cub had been seen in area backyards for several days

Public asked to be on lookout for bear cub

Norhtern Lights Animal Shelter on its way here to capture baby bruin in Scott Avenue area.

Searchers rush to find missing hikers with one-year-old child

Family out overnight in cold near Watson Lake

Terrace River Kings overcome Williams Lake Stampeders 6-5

It was a back-and-forth game, played into second overtime before the team secured the win

WATCH: 10,000 signatures gained to stop ‘no pets’ rental policy

Pets OK BC said about 1,700 animals were surrendered to the BC SPCA last year due to housing issues

Silver Creek reacts after remains found, man arrested

Neighbours of property where remains were found say man arrested was sweet and polite

VIDEO: Oprah Winfrey and a celebrities attend ‘B.C. Miracle Concert’

Fundraiser featured Foster, Steven Tyler, The Tenors, Matteo Bocelli, Laura Bretan, Carly Rae Jepsen

Human remains found at Silver Creek property

RCMP have been searching the property in the 2200 block of Salmon River Road for the past three days

New B.C. acute care centre opens for young patients, expectant mothers

Facility aims to make B.C. Children’s Hospital visits more comfortable

Search ramps up for B.C. woman after dog, car found near Ashcroft

Jenny Lynn Larocque’s vehicle and dog were found in Venables Valley, but there is no sign of her

Police officer hit by car, stabbed in Edmonton attack back on job

Const. Mike Chernyk, 48, returned to work Thursday

UBC medical students learn to care for Indigenous people

Students in health-related studies to take course, workshop to help better serve Aboriginal people

Most Read