Brockville’s project to extend the Brock Trail through the 401 corridor and extend the Trail from Laurier north to Centennial is receiving a $175,000 grant from the federal government.
The grant is part of the Ontario allotment of the $3.4 billion Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF), intended to support transit and active transportation projects. The project received $325,000 under the Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Program last year (read here).
Brockville’s project is a collaboration between the Brock Trail committee and the City’s cycling advisory committee, and comprises two “north-south linkage” projects. The first is an extension of the Brock Trail from the Mac Johnson Wildlife Area at Centennial Road, along the Buells Creek waterway to Laurier Blvd, with pedestrian crossovers, and a bridge and connection to Aspen Drive.
The second project will create a multi-use off-road trail route from the existing trail at Parkedale Ave beside Buells Creek, along Parkedale Ave, Ormond St and Central Ave, to the existing trailhead beside Westminster Public School.
With 1/3 of the funding from the City’s committed 10-year capital budget for active transportation, and $500,000 from the two major grants, the remainder is being raised through community grants, donations and in-kind contributions.
When completed, the Brock Trail’s off-road walking and cycling network will reach from north to south through the City. At the northern end, the Brock Trail will connect to the 11 km of trails at the Mac Johnson Wildlife Area. At the waterfront, the Brock Trail is part of the Ontario Waterfront Trail, a 1,600 km cycling network rapidly growing its reach along the St. Lawrence River and Great Lakes.
See the PTIF details for Eastern Ontario here:PTIF Brockville