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Work starts on connecting E&N trail to downtown and Galloping Goose trail

New route closes what’s seen as a significant gap in the regional cycling network
Map of Kimta E&N Cycling Connector route. VIA CITY OF VICTORIA

Crews were set to begin work Monday on what’s seen as a significant gap in the regional cycling network.

The 1.1-kilometre Kimta E&N Cycling Connector, due for completion in about six months, is intended to provide a safe link between the E&N Regional Trail, the Galloping Goose Regional Trail and downtown Victoria .

Funding for the $2-million route along Kimta Road in the Songhees area, with multi-use pathways, protected bike lanes and lighting, is expected to come largely from the Canada Community-Building Fund and the B.C. Active Transportation Infrastructure Grant.

“Expanding regional-mobility networks help us address the transportation needs of our growing region while taking on climate change — two of the CRD board’s strategic priorities,” said Capital Regional District board chairman Colin Plant.

Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps said that having transportation options to join schools, places of employment and other destinations can help reduce the cost of living.

Sparker Construction is the main contractor. — Times Colonist

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