Comment 98225

By matthewsweet (registered) | Posted March 05, 2014 at 22:50:17

Certain technical issues that would have to be addressed:

Hydro right of ways are generally for pipelines as well as overhead hydro wires. Clearances from every type of infrastructure in the corridor is generally a pre-condition to approval from the companies before any consideration for a trail. For example, some pipeline companies do not want any trails crossing their pipeline path at all. It makes devising an alignment challenging. Not impossible, but challenging.

Asphalt multi-use trails are not cheap. I didn't measure the total length of the proposal above but guaranteed that if it were to be built, it would either have to be staged or be funded out of a different pot of money than the existing cycling office budget (or that budget would need to be dramatically increased). I'm talking in the millions of dollars.

Just pointing out some of the potential pitfalls and challenges.

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