West Carleton Snowmobile Trails Association Receives FundingPublished on March 17, 2021
Investment to improve interprovincial rail bridge
The West Carleton Snowmobile Trails Association today received funding from the federal and provincial governments to assist with the rehabilitation of an interprovincial rail bridge used by snowmobile enthusiasts between Ontario and Quebec.
The Government of Ontario is providing $142,086 to the project. The Government of Canada is investing $170,520, while the West Carleton Snowmobile Trails Association will contribute $113,694.
The project involves the rehabilitation of 0.5 kilometres of an interprovincial rail bridge for snowmobile use that crosses the Ottawa River. The work will include the installation of hardwood decking, rails, and signs to ensure the bridge is compliant with the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs’ bridge guidelines and the Ontario Motorized Snow Vehicle Act.
These improvements will provide a safe alternative to crossing the Ottawa River by snowmobile, connect trail networks in Ontario and Quebec and benefit businesses along the route due to the increase in snowmobile traffic.
Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, MPP for Kanata—Carleton was present at the announcement and stated, “Ontario is pleased to be investing in infrastructure upgrades like this bridge, which adds to our community’s recreational assets. I congratulate Paul McDonald and the West Carleton snowmobile members on their leadership and vision in moving this project forward. It’s exciting to have this bridge connecting Quebec trails to our network through the Ottawa Valley. It’s great for sledders and the increased traffic will be great for our local businesses.”
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