Work Begins on Next Phase of Rotary Trail
August 27, 2014
The popular Rotary Trail along the railway corridor in West Courtenay is getting another extension.
The fourth phase of the Rotary Trail connecting 21st to 26th Streets is now under construction, with expected completion in mid-October.
The Rotary Trail is a hard-surface gravel “rail with trail” beside the railroad tracks, with the first three phases extending from 5th to 21st Streets in Courtenay. This level, accessible walkway is popular with walkers, joggers, and cyclists. Pedestrian-controlled signals between trail sections make street crossings safer and more convenient.
The fourth phase will be largely constructed within Bill Moore Park, both to preserve the vegetation next to the rail corridor, and to encourage park use. To the south of the park, the trail will re-connect with the rail corridor and lead to 26th Street.
Randy Wiwchar, the City’s director of community services, said the trail is improving transportation options in Courtenay’s west side. “We’re getting closer to our long-term goal, which is to have this trail go right through to the south end of Courtenay,” said Wiwchar. “This is going to make commuting on foot or by bike that much easier.”
Residents around the rail corridor from 21st to 26th streets can expect some construction noise during the day. The project manager will ensure that it falls within allowable times. The budgeted cost of the fourth phase of the Rotary Trail is $150,000.
The Rotary Trail is a partnership between the City of Courtenay, Courtenay Rotary and the Island Corridor Foundation.
Ron Perrin, president of Courtenay Rotary, said the club is pleased with the progress made to date. “We are proud to be part of the ongoing development of the Rotary Trail,” he commented. “When complete, this trail will be a valuable asset for the residents of the Comox Valley”
The Island Corridor Foundation is actively working with other local governments and regional districts along the Vancouver Island Rail Corridor to develop similar projects, with a long-term vision of a trail all the way from Courtenay to Victoria.