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Rail removal to cause weekend traffic disruptions in Lake Country

A pile of ripped up rails at the Hardy Road level crossing in Kelowna.
November 27, 2015 - 4:30 PM

LAKE COUNTRY - Crews are working their way north as they dismantle an old railroad destined for use a public trail, and that could mean some traffic delays at train crossings in Lake Country.

According to the District of Lake Country, Westcan Rail Ltd. has started ripping up rail ties in Kelowna and is moving north through Lake Country and into Coldstream. The tracks are being removed as part of a sale deal between CN Rail and Okanagan municipalities.

The district is advising drivers there may be traffic delays of up to 30 minutes at road crossings in Lake Country on Saturday, Nov. 28 and Sunday, Nov. 29. It’s also reminding people to stay away from the work area.

“The rail corridor is still active and there may be some intermittent rail traffic associated with the contract for removal of rails and ties and remediation of the corridor. The public is requested not to use the corridor while the work is in progress,” the district said.

CN has until 2017 to remove the rail material and complete the land remediation process for the corridor. Construction of the proposed multi-use pathway will begin once those conditions are met.



#LakeCountry the rails are coming up! CN has awarded the rail removal contract to Westcan Rail Ltd. and crews are... Posted by District of Lake Country on Thursday, November 26, 2015

To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at chelston@infonews.ca or call 250-309-5230. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.


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