The Chief Peguis Trail extension has been a huge hit with the majority of it’s users.
The $110 million project, which connects Henderson Highway with Lagimodiere Boulevard to the east, was completed in record time and almost a year ahead of schedule. Our 2011 summer weather co-operated with the construction workers and made the early completion possible.
Visually appealing noise attenuation walls have been erected where necessary. The criteria was that any residential properties with rear frontage abutting the Trail were to have the walls built while some stretches required no walls and others were silenced by berms. Tons of earth had to be moulded in those areas, but most of the trail had the walls erected.
These eight-foot high attenuation walls, constructed of composite matter, have a six-foot wide gravel pedestrian walkway along the length of them and a green belt. Hopefully, these walkways will be paved when weather permits in order to accommodate cycling and rollerblading. One hopes these new walkways will encourage many more people to get into a healthier lifestyle.
There are a couple of pedestrian overpasses along the new route as well.
One is located at Gateway Road and another at Rothesay Street. The pedestrian overpass at Gateway is part of a continuation of theNortheast Pioneers Greenway trail, which runs from McIvor Boulevard south between Gateway Road and Raleigh Street where the old railway tracks once ran. This trail goes all the way to Talbot Avenue and is some five and a half kilometers in length. One could veer off at the Gateway overpass and walk all the way to the Rothesay overpass. The trail also runs along the non-residential side of the four-season, man-made lake and is well-lit.
The Rothesay overpass is for both pedestrians and vehicles traveling north or south along Rothesay while the Chief Peguis Trail becomes an underpass at that juncture. Not only has this new extension of the trail made things much more expedient, but it has opened up many more walking opportunities.
North Kildonan has the option from the beginning of the Northeast Pioneers Greenway trail of taking the Bunn’s Creek trail, which winds its way along the creek all the way to Henderson or using the paved route towards Talbot or heading west at Gateway along the wall.
This extension has made a tremendous improvement to the surrounding area as far as access to public paths. The other thing the expansion has done is allowed us quicker access to other parts of the city.
Rick Sparling is a North Kildonan-based writer.
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