The Regional District of Central Kootenay will resurface portions of the Nelson Salmo Great Northern Trail this summer, a project that will improve drainage and create a more consistent trail surface for cyclists. The initiative is a partnership between the RDCK, Bike BC and the City of Nelson.
“Resurfacing the Great Northern Trail will make cycling easier and more accessible for everyone,” Ramona Faust, chair of the RDCK’s Nelson, Salmo, and Areas E, F, G parks commission, said in a news release. “The new granular surface, as well as the drainage work, will greatly improve trail users’ experience.”
The resurfacing/granular material specified for this project has been used successfully on a number of rails-to-trails projects in BC.
Work on this project is expected to occur in July and August and is primarily focused on the section of trail between the Mountain Station and Svoboda trailheads. Trail users should expect intermittent localized closures during drainage work construction with a full trail closure when resurfacing material is being installed. This closure is necessary due to the many vehicles which will be required to travel on the trail.