Work on Phase 1A of Fernie Valley Pathway Restarting
March 2, 2021
The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI) has restarted construction work on the Fernie Valley Pathway, through their contractor, Mainroad East Kootenay Contracting.
The project will result in a separated pathway to accommodate active transportation modes along the north side of Highway 3, connecting the West Fernie Bridge and the existing separated path between McLeod Avenue and Anderson Road. The project is the result of stakeholder engagement and advocacy with the Province, and engineering and preliminary design have already been completed.
The newly constructed multi-use path will include an approximately 450 m long and 2.5 m wide paved multi-use path; a concrete barrier to separate vehicle traffic and the multi-use path; work to reduce the slope of the embankment into the highway ditch; and new catch basins to convey stormwater from the highway underneath the multi-use path and into the ditch. The new segment of paved pathway is intended to be an all-seasons facility and will be maintained with snow clearing services by the City throughout the winter.
Phase 1A is the first segment of the Fernie Valley Pathway, a multi-phased project to implement a paved active transportation pathway from Fernie to the Fernie Alpine Resort. Active transportation includes any form of human-powered transportation such as walking, wheelchair or mobility device, cycling, skateboarding, etc., for recreation or commuter purposes. The Fernie Valley Pathway is an important part of Fernie's overall transportation network, and ensuring a robust, multi-modal transportation system that safely and comfortably incorporates all mobility options is important to the City's continued economic growth, livability, and success.
For more information on the City of Fernie's Active Transportation Master Plnning project, please go to letstalk.fernie.ca.