Trans-Canada Highway Trail - Beverly St to Drinkwater Rd
Good news! In March 2017, the Provincial government announced a BikeBC grant of $472,311 to go towards this project (news release here)! The remaining costs will be funded through the roads and sidewalks budget.
This 1.6 km multi-purpose trail will create a safe cycling and pedestrian connection along a currently hazardous stretch of the Trans-Canada Highway.
This important cycling route is currently underutilized due to the hazard of its immediate proximity to highway traffic moving at 90 km per hour or more. This project will be constructed within the highway right-of-way, and will: create a separated trail surface; install a full-length barrier between the trail and the highway; add boardwalk in key locations; and install interpretive signage identifying features in the adjacent Somenos Marsh ecosystem. North Cowichan has offered to work with the Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society to design and construct the trail in a way that protects the important Marsh habitat nearby.
- Project maps [PDF - 2.7 MB]
- Illustrations of current hazards [PDF - 986 KB]
- Community support letters gathered for BikeBC grant application [PDF - 903 KB]
- 2-minute video developed for BikeBC grant application (credit: Kurt Knock Photography)