Maiden Lake area trail closure postponed
The City of Fernie Friday reported the closure of Maiden Lake has been postponed pending final provincial government approvals.
The construction to upgrade the Maiden Lake Dike for flood mitigation is still slated to be completed this summer, but contractors are unable to begin the work until the city has received approval from regulatory authorities.
Maiden Lake and the surrounding trails are expected to now remain open until mid-July, and 48 hour notice will be given before the area is closed to the public.
The goal of this project is to upgrade the Maiden Lake Dike, including raising and extending the dike, to provide better flood protection to the adjacent commercial area, the Annex and part of Main Town.
The closure will start where the Annex Dike intersects with the North Bridge (pictured) and there will be no access under the bridge, the closure will continue along the Dike Trail past Maiden Lake to the intersection of 18th Street and 6th Avenue, and along 6th Avenue to Fairway Drive.
Maiden Lake access will be restricted to the public throughout the construction.
The dike improvements feature:
- Raising the existing dike and resurfacing the pathway;
- Changes to the landscaped area around Maiden Lake;
- Construction of a new dike along the east side of 6th Ave from 18th Street to Fairway Drive;
- Raising of a portion of 6th Avenue to address the gap in the diking flood protection the road would create.
The city says further details will be shared once construction start dates have been confirmed, and 48 hours’ notice will be given before the area is closed to the public.