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Funds sought for rail trail

The Columbia Shuswap Regional District is going to the federal government in an attempt fund the development of a rail trail from Sicamous to Armstrong.

The board has endorsed an application for a $13 million infrastructure grant for the project, which would cover costs related to development of a non-motorized greenway trail along with former CP Rail corridor.

In December 2017, the CSRD and Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO) jointly purchased about 50 kilometres of abandoned CP rail corridor between Sicamous and Armstrong. Splatsin of the Secwepemc First Nation had previously purchased seven kilometres of the abandoned railway.

An agreement is in place between the CSRD, RDNO and Splatsin to jointly use their portion of the rail corridor.

“The next step is to develop the trail for public use, including the planning, development and construction of the rail trail corridor,” says a news release. “The CSRD, RDNO and Splatsin are forming a committee with the Shuswap Trail Alliance acting in an administrative support role.”

The $13 million dollar application is for the development of the trail, along with amenities like benches, picnic tables and vault toilets.

The amount of money requested was determined by engineering estimates and development costs from the Okanagan Rail Trail from Vernon to Kelowna.

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