Local representatives from the regional district

Great Northern Trail celebrates trestle opening

Users of the Nelson Salmo Great Northern Trail will be enjoying a new trestle after crews recently completed work on the last bridge.



Users of the Nelson Salmo Great Northern Trail will be enjoying a new trestle after crews recently completed work on the last bridge.

Representatives from the regional district including area F director Ron Mickel and area E director Ramona Faust, the Ministry of Transportation, Nelson Mayor John Dooley and Yellowhead Road and Bridge employees gathered at the trestle to officially open it.

A slide came down in 1996,” said operations manager for the northwest branch of Yellowhead Road and Bridge Troy Grant. “The trestle had basically been out of commission since then.”

In February, crews along with the Ministry of Transportation had come up with a new design to complete the rebuild of the trestle, but another slide in April delayed construction.

This February we had a design in motion to fix this bridge and then in April another small slide came down, not doing any more damage but creating a lot of mud pile and debris for us to clean up under the bridge,” said Grant. “That was put on our plate as well this spring before we could start work on the bridge. That added to the dilemma.”

The trestle is one of a dozen on the trail between Nelson and Salmo.

Prior to the reconstruction of the bridge, users were making their way along a small narrow trail through the brush below the old trestle.

The total budget for the project was between $300,000 to $350,000 and was largely funded by the Ministry of Transportation with contributions from other organizations.

In addition to the construction of the trestle, crews did work under the bridge to help regulate the flow of potential future slides.

We deactivated the old trail and the old culvert that was in the way that used to interrupt the slide and make it spread everywhere,” said Grant. “Now it’s totally free and open and channelized so that if something else comes down of a similar size to what has previously come down it should just shoot down under the bridge and keep going with minor damage and clean-up.”

The trestle is located approximately 10 minutes southeast of Nelson along the Great Northern Trail.

 

Just Posted

Nelson, Salmo councils decline to contribute to preservation of Cottonwood forest

The decisions have effectively stalled negotiations between the RDCK and the landowner, Kootenay Land Corporation

KBRH on watch for bed bugs after two recent cases

Spokesperson Mandy Lowery says there has not been a bed bug sighting at KBRH since Dec. 8

Avalanche Canada issues special public warning

Very weak layer buried under recent snow a cause for concern

Coffee card donations return at Wait’s News

The program supplied over 200 cards last year

Trafalgar students build home for sanctuary horse

Grade 8 students collaborated on a project with a local farm sanctuary

VIDEO: Royals reveal the images on their Christmas cards

Prince William and his wife Kate are shown outside in casual clothes, their three young children in tow

Media, robotics, Indigenous studies coming to B.C. Grade 12 classrooms in 2019-20

Provincial tests are also being changed for students in Grade 10 to 12, the Education Ministry said

ICBC to apply for 6.3% hike to basic insurance rates

Crown Corporation said it will be submitting its next basic rate application to the British Columbia Utilities Commission Friday

Stranded B.C. trucker writes final wishes before being rescued 3 days later

‘I was just praying someone would come along’

Canfor Corp. extending temporary curtailment of sawmills in B.C.; cutting hours

Vancouver-based company says the decision is due to declining lumber prices, high log costs and log supply constraints

Canada’s prospective world junior team members await final roster decisions

Thirty-four players were invited to the national junior selection camp

Final phase of Kelowna hospital cardiac centre completed

Finishing new recovery rooms marks completion of $381 million project

Family searching for B.C. professor last seen at Colombian salsa club

Ramazan Gencay, a professor in economics at Simon Fraser University, was last seen in Medellin

Rash of bomb threats a learning opportunity for response capacity, Goodale

Thursday’s wave of bomb threats swept across communities on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border

Most Read