Recreational trail users and others interested in the Holt Creek Bridge are invited to an information session on Monday, March 27, 2023, about a proposed bridge replacement, designed to ensure a safe and accessible trail connection between Duncan and Lake Cowichan.
Part of the Great Trail of Canada, the Holt Creek Bridge is located along the Cowichan Valley Trail, an active transportation corridor and recreation tourism attraction. The bridge opened in 1922 and served as a rail line until 1991 when CN Rail transferred it to the Province.
A 2017 structural assessment of the bridge found it was nearing the end of its usable life. The assessment recommended the bridge be replaced, rather than continuously repaired and maintained. The ministry is proposing to replace the wood bridge with a steel-frame structure for hikers, cyclists and horse riders. It would be strong enough to accommodate emergency vehicles and maintenance equipment as well.
The proposed bridge replacement supports the provincial Active Transportation Strategy.
People are invited to the information session on Monday from 7-9 p.m. at the Cowichan Community Centre at 2687 James St., Duncan. Ministry staff will provide information about the proposed project and will answer questions.
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