Almost 100 kilometres of multi-use trail in southwestern Nova Scotia has been connected, with the installation of a bridge over the Barrington River last month.
A joint partnership between the Woodland Multiuse Trail Association (WMTA), the Shelburne County ATV Association (SCATVA), and the Municipality of the District of Barrington, the bridge completes a total of 40.3 km of developed trail across the Municipality of Barrington; from Port Clyde to the Shelburne/Yarmouth County line, where it connects to another 57.2 kilometres of trail to the Town of Yarmouth.
The arched, galvanized steel structure, built by Algonquin Bridge, Ontario, was installed by crane on Dec. 12.
A work party of at least 14 volunteers got together on Dec. 19 to finish up the job, installing the decking, curbs and approach rails and opening it for public use.
The project has been more than three years in the works, said Sherm Embree, secretary treasurer for the WMTA, from the time the original train bridge was demolished in the fall of 2013, after being condemned.
The overall cost of the project is estimated at $188,000, with funding provided through the Nova Scotia Off Highway Vehicle Infrastructure Fund, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency Canada 150 Fund, the Municipality of the District of Barrington, the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage, as well as fundraising and volunteer efforts of SCATVA and WMTA.
Embree said what really helped put project funding “over the top” was a memorial donation to the SCATVA from Harold and Rose Brannen in memory of their son Bucky.
With the multiuse trail completed in western Shelburne County, Embree said the WMTA and SCATVA are turning their attention to eastern Shelburne County where 28.2 km of 52.7 km of rail bed in the Municipality of Shelburne has been developed so far.
“There’s some trails that need to be connected together,” said Embree.
“The next trail will be the East Jordan Trail which goes from the Canada Hill Road in Allendale to the Camp Jordan driveway,” a distance of 15 km. Embree said the association is hoping to proceed with the project in 2017.
Embree said there are other groups working on other sections of trail, including a partnership between the town and municipality of Shelburne and other interested stakeholders in developing a multiuse trail through the Town of Shelburne to Birchtown.
“The dream of the Woodland Multiuse Trail Association is to complete the trail across Shelburne County and eventually have a Destination Trail along the Nova Scotia South Shore for all the recreational and tourism benefits that would bring to the area,” said Embree, likening the trail to a long linear public park for all to enjoy.
Article Source: South Shore Breaker