A mid-fall closing of the Irrigation Canal Trail west of Osoyoos should bring long-term benefits for trail users in the New Year.
The Town of Osoyoos announced Oct. 31 it was closing the trail “until further notice due to trail improvements.”
Those improvements, explained CAO Barry Romanko, include paving and lighting.
“All we’re doing right now is putting in the underground and the light bases for the trail,” he explained today. “And then it’s supposed to be paved this fall.”
The paving, contracted to Osoyoos Aggregates Ltd., includes the trail portion from 62 Ave (adjacent to Osoyoos Secondary School) to Hwy. 3 and beyond to the Casitas Del Sol sub-division.
“My only fear is how long the paving plants are going to be open (this fall), said Mr. Romanko. “That is the contract — to have this completed and paved from there all the way to the subdivision by the industrial park.”
The Hwy. 3 underpass will also be paved and the Town plans to add handicap access to both ends of the underpass.
“It’ll be totally accessible on both ends.”
Town Council in June also approved an expenditure to build a rest area in the Y portion of the trail directly north of Hwy. 3.
Although the light standards and wiring will be in place this fall, the lights and poles would be included in the Town’s 2017 budget and added to the trail next spring.
The Town also has designs on extending the paved trail north to 100 Ave. That, said Mr. Romanko, is contingent on the Town accessing Canada 150 grant funding.
In the meantime, regular users of the Irrigation Canal Trail can find alternate walking and cycling routes on the Town’s Parks & Recreation Facilities page.