New pedestrian bridge should be installed early 2010

The funding is in and a new pedestrian bridge across the Battle River will be installed in January or February.

By Jasmine Franklin

The funding is in and a new pedestrian bridge across the Battle River will be installed in January or February.

The new 140-foot long bridge will come off new the 57th avenue train crossing. The bridge is under construction at Will’s Welding.

“The bridge was passed (by town council) about three years ago but we’ve just gotten the funding now,” said Coun. John Jacobs.

The pedestrian bridge project is funded to a total of $500,000: $185,000 from National Trails Coalition; $86,000 from Trans Canada Trail; $100,000 from Alberta TrailNet; with the balance to be paid by the Town of Ponoka.

The bridge won’t be the only new walking spot for wilderness lovers. The trail expansion that has been underway for about five years, now has full funding. With grants from Alberta Trail Net and Trans Canada Trail, it is expected to reach Lacombe County by the end of this year, Jacobs said.

“It’s a walking and equestrian trial,” Jacobs said.

The trail is currently closed as a section is being used to encase cattle, and one landowner has given permission for the town to cut through part of the property for the trail.

Part of the funding for the trail was received a few weeks ago. If the project goes under budget, the funding gets scaled back.

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