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Regional District seeking public input on Highway 35 cycle trail

Biking from Burns Lake to Tchesinkut Lake could be getting easier in the future. 

The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako is fronting a multi-use path project along Highway 35. 

Jason Llewellyn, Director of Planning, said this idea was inspired by another project underway in the regional district. 

“It really came from the Cycle 16 trail that’s been partly developed by the Town of Smithers and the Village of Telkwa,” he said. “It’s been partly complete and has received really good community response and excitement.” 

The current plans would have the trail terminate at Tchesinkut Lake with a future option to extend to the Francois Lake ferry terminal. 

“There’s a population base there at the lake so it opens up an opportunity for people to commute from the Tchesinkut lake area to town, and it’s also a decent distance so the trail can also function as a recreation amenity,” said Llewellyn. 

Project planning has been funded by the Infrastructure Canada Active Transportation Fund and Northern Capitol Planning Grant to create a conceptual design. 

“We’re at the point now where we’re looking to get some public feedback on the idea of the trail and some of the route alignments that have been identified as being feasible,” Llewellyn said. 

An open house on the project is being held next Wednesday (April 25th) at the Burns Lake Heritage Church. 

Those who can’t attend can find a public survey on the Regional District’s website.

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