The Holt Creek Trestle which acts as a bridge for pedestrians, cyclists and horseback riders along the Trans Canada Trail between Shawnigan Lake and Lake Cowichan, will be closed to the public as of Oct. 10, 2017, for rehabilitation work.
The trestle originally opened in 1922 and served as a rail line until 1991 when it was relinquished and transferred to the Province for ownership and upkeep. Since that time, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has maintained the trestle with the most recent upgrades occurring in 2002, when pedestrian railings were added and some structural rehabilitation work was done.
Today, the Holt Creek Trestle is a feature adjacent to Glenora Trails Head Park, which is an eastern gateway to the Cowichan River Provincial Park, the central portion of the Cowichan Valley Trail, the Cowichan River Footpath and Glenora Riverside Park.
Signage indicating an alternative route through the adjacent provincial park will be clearly marked on the trestle for the duration of the closure.
Once the trestle is closed, the Province will continue its assessment of the structure in order to determine the full scope of work needed, in addition to forming project timelines. Early plans indicate that work will be complete by summer of 2018.
The ministry is committed to rehabilitating highways and bridges throughout British Columbia and to building new infrastructure where it is needed. The B.C. government will continue to invest in transportation infrastructure for the safe, reliable and efficient movement of people and goods.
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