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Posted: March 11, 2017

$1 million grant for Greenways trail

A bicycling/walking trail between Invermere and Fairmont Hot Springs is getting $1 million in provincial government funding.

Premier Christy Clark, Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett and Doug Clovechok, BC Liberal candidate for Columbia River-Revelstoke.

Premier Christy Clark and Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett yesterday announced during a Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce gathering that the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) and Columbia Valley Greenways Trail Alliance BikeBC grant application for up to $1 million in funding had been approved for the Westside Legacy Trail, Segments 1-4.

The Premier and Bennett made the announcement on behalf of Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone.

“This project represents an important investment in recreation here in the region,” said Bennett. “With construction set to begin shortly, I am very pleased to see this partnership between the province and local communities moving forward.”

The project is part of $9.25 million in funding this year for cycling infrastructure projects throughout the province, including bike lanes, multi-use trails and improvements to roads and highways to allow better shared use for cyclists.

BikeBC is the province’s cost-sharing program that helps communities build cycling projects that attract and support commuter and tourism cyclists.

The Greenways Trail will connect Invermere and Fairmont/Dutch Creek along the west side of Lake Windermere, allowing for greater safety as the legion of cyclers and runners who use Westside Road will have a place to go.


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