Another piece in the puzzle that is an off-road route for cyclists and hikers between Osoyoos and Oliver is in place this morning.
A Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen crew was on site Thursday to begin the installation of trail-end bollards for 2.7-kilometres of new and upgraded trail between 91 Street and Road 21.
The trail is intended for non-motorized travel, including by cycle, foot or on horseback.
“Everything from 91st — just at the north end of Osoyoos Lake — to Road 21 has been resurfaced,” said Justin Shuttleworth, the Regional District’s Parks and Facilities Coordinator. “We are also building a boardwalk at Road 22 through that marshy section.”
The hard-packed surface is the equivalent of similar trails the RDOS maintains from Naramata to Penticton, Penticton to Kaleden and from Road 9 to Oliver.
The extension means cyclists can now travel from Osoyoos to Oliver with limited highway exposure, albeit over a more indirect route.
“If you were to use the river channel trail you could go from the north end of Osoyoos Lake to Macalpine bridge north of Oliver and primarily be off-highway or off-road,” said Mr. Shuttleworth. “Anything north of that is still to be determined.”
The RDOS will manage trail infrastructure from 91st Street to Road 22, “but we don’t manage or maintain any trail from there until you get to Road 9,” he said.
“The dike infrastructure exists between Road 22 and Road 9 but we don’t maintain it.”
South of 91 Street, cyclists can access 89 Street, 148 Avenue and 87 Street to, for the most part, stay off Hwy. 97.
Bollards are being installed at trail heads to keep vehicles off the new surface.