Surveying for the 1.5km Village Way Trail began Sept. 16 with construction expected to be completed by Dec. 15. The Regional District of Nanaimo contracted with Windley Contracting to construct the two-metre wide path that will run from the junction of North and South roads to the 707 Community Park entrance at Tin Can Alley.
A parks and trails service alert sent out Sept. 15 says temporary traffic signals will be in place during working hours, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., to direct single-lane alternating traffic west of Lochinvar Lane as needed, and temporary pedestrian walkways will be in place. Residences and businesses will be notified 24 hours in advance of any interruptions to access. Garbage and recycling pickup will remain as scheduled.
Approximately 13 trees will be cut down during trail construction, said Yann Gagnon, manager of parks services. The wood will be donated to the Gabriola Lions Club Firewood for the Needy program.
Running along the north side of the the road, the elevated path will be asphalt-surfaced through the Village Core and gravelled the remainder. It will be separated from the road by an asphalt curb backed by a 0.3m gravel strip.
“The road shoulder will be repaved and provide 0.9m of clean asphalt from fog line [white painted line] to curb for use by road cyclists,” the RDN website says. “A series of retaining walls and slopes will separate the path from private property where necessary. Road drainage will be managed by a system of spillways or shallow catch basins, manholes, infiltration trenches and culverts.”
The RDN will be responsible for management and maintenance.
For updates, go to www.rdn.bc.ca/gabriola-village-trail.
Rachelle Stein-Wotten, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Gabriola Sounder