CN Rail is on track to complete removal of nearly 50 kilometres of rail lines between Kelowna and Coldstream.
This is the portion of CN Rail track purchased by Kelowna, Lake Country and the Regional District of North Okanagan last June.
Track removal is expected to be complete by the end of the month or early November. CN Rail is removing the track and ties as per the agreement signed by the parties involved.
Until the trail is open to the public, each local government has established its own approach to ensure the safety of its residents and mitigate risks.
The Okanagan Rail Corridor inside the Kelowna municipal boundary is a closed and undeveloped trail with uneven surface and natural hazards that may cause serious injury.
Active construction is occurring in some areas and should be avoided. Residents are advised not to trespass.
Residents should adhere to signage posted at accesses in the District of Lake Country and the Regional District of North Okanagan.
Start of trail construction, including access control, is subject to funding. With the first funding threshold reached, a design-build plan for the trail has begun, as well as access control designs.
About $560,000 of the estimated $2 million required for Phase 2 has been raised.
Construction could begin as early as Spring 2017.
Once the trail is ready to open each community’s council will consider permitted use and trail designation.