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Construction planned for Okanagan Rail Trail for most of September

A stretch of the Okanagan Rail Trail along Kalamalka Lake.
August 23, 2019 - 11:00 AM

VERNON - Parts of the Okanagan Rail Trail will be under construction for most of September to allow for work to take place to mitigate erosion.

The Regional District of North Okanagan said in a media release, Aug. 22, the work will see some areas of the trail reduced to one-way pedestrian and biking traffic, with no access to certain portions of the trail for up to 10 hours at a time. The work is due to start after the Labour Day long weekend and be finished by Sept. 30.

However, the trail will be open and accessible in the evening by 5 p.m. and every weekend.

The Regional District said the work taking place will mitigate erosion to the trail caused by the lake and that previous flooding has damaged and significantly eroded the Okanagan Rail Trail.

"Every wave that touches the side of the path takes sand and materials with it, and over time, the pathway becomes narrower," states the media release. "The erosion is an immediate threat to the longevity of the Okanagan Rail Trail.

The Regional District would have liked to have given the public more notice, but after several years working to secure a permit to conduct the work the permit was issued Aug. 21 giving a window for the work to be done between Sept. 1 and Sept. 30. The timeline means the construction will not impact Kokanee salmon runs in Kalamalka Lake.

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