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Old trestle on Kettle Valley Rail Trail deemed unsafe

FILE PHOTO - An unidentified section of the Kettle Valley Rail Trail is seen in this Sept. 29, 2009 photo from Flickr. A trestle on the Kettle Valley Rail Trail has deemed unsafe by the province and will be removed. The old trestle is located roughly seven kilometres north of Tulameen and is "structurally unsound and no longer safe to use," according to a Ministry of Forests news release.
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July 25, 2020 - 7:59 AM

A trestle on the Kettle Valley Rail Trail has deemed unsafe to use by the province will be removed. 

The old trestle is located roughly seven kilometres north of Tulameen and is "structurally unsound and no longer safe to use," according to a Ministry of Forests news release. The trestle has been closed to the public.

The KV-061 trestle is part of The Great Trail, which was formerly known as the Trans-Canada Trail, and inspections completed by an independent engineering company found the trestle had broken and decaying support structures.

An eight-kilometre detour is available and signs will be posted for trail users. Since the detour runs alongside a road, all-terrain vehicles will have to access the trail from the community of Tulameen, or from Coalmont Road near, the ministry said.

Replacement is still an option but that is not likely to happen within the next year, and a temporary repair wasn't feasable.

Recreation Sites and Trails B.C. staff have notified recreational user groups and the Okanagan-Similkameen Regional District about the closure.


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