A recreational corridor is planned between Coldstream and Kelowna.

A recreational corridor is planned between Coldstream and Kelowna.

End of the line for railway track removal

Construction of the trail between Coldstream and Kelowna could begin in the spring

Removal of the rail infrastructure along the Okanagan Rail Corridor is nearing completion.

Road users should be advised there may be intermittent closures where the rail crossings occur until early November.

“The work being conducted by CN Rail is part of the inter-jurisdictional sale and purchase agreement,” said Andrew Gibbs, senior project manager with the City of Kelowna.

“Until the trail is open to the public, each local government has established its own approach to ensure the safety of its residents and mitigate risks.”

The Okanagan rail corridor inside the Kelowna municipal boundary is a closed and undeveloped trail with uneven surface and natural hazards that may cause serious injury.

“Active construction is occurring in some areas and should be avoided. Residents are advised not to trespass,” said Gibbs.

“Residents should adhere to signage posted at accesses in the District of Lake Country and the Regional District of North Okanagan.”

The start of trail construction, including access control, is subject to funding.

A design-build plan for the trail has begun, as well as access control designs. Construction could begin as early as the spring.

“Once the trail is ready to open each community’s council will consider permitted use and trail designation,” said Gibbs.

More information about the Okanagan Rail Corridor can be accessed at kelowna.ca/okrailcorridor.