The province, Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen and trail user groups have finalized a plan to enhance the Kettle Valley Rail (KVR) Trail network near Naramata and maintain motor vehicle access to Little Tunnel.
The decision to continue the motor vehicle access to the tunnel came after the local user groups worked with the government to address concerns and reach a consensus about the potential loss of access to landmarks and cultural features for less able-bodied residents and visitors.
The much-used six-kilometre section of the trail between Naramata and the tunnel will be limited to non-motorized used.
The goal of restricting the vehicles on this part is to enhance the safety of pedestrians, cyclists and equestrians, as well as maintain the newly resurfaced trail.
This non-motorized designation will come into effect this spring.
Vehicles will be able to continue accessing a five-kilometre section of the trail between the Glenfir trail head and the tunnel.
The province will enhance this part with safety improvements, construction of a parking area, turnaround signs and an accessible trail to the tunnel.
It will also monitor traffic on this section for a year and make any necessary changes to ensure the safety of all users.
A KVR Trail network map is available on the BC government website.
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