Kelowna seeking grant funds to connect Rutland active transportation corridor with rail trail

Grant funds for cycling link

The City of Kelowna hopes it can leverage funds from senior levels of government for a project linking the Houghton Road active transportation corridor with the Okanagan Rail Trail.

The project, at a cost of $2.6 million, was approved as part of the city's 2021 provisional budget adopted last month.

Only about $650,000 was earmarked from taxpayers, with the rest of the funding through existing reserves.

However, city staff is hoping it can successfully obtain a grant through the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream to pay for the project.

According to a report prepared for Monday's city council meeting, the grant is structured in such a way as to pay for 100 per cent of eligible costs.

If successful, staff say the grant would accelerate the design and construction of active transportation infrastructure in the city's 10-year capital plan.

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