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Local groups to receive trail funding

TRURO, N.S. – More than $40,000 has been approved for this winter’s community trail funding in Colchester County.

Projects proposed by six groups have been approved by municipal staff for total funding of $40,535.

Of those, the Tatamagouche Area Trails Association has been approved for $5,046 in capital funding to help resurface three kilometres of the Short Line Trail with crusher dust.

The association’s total project cost is set at $95,073 and will involve upgrading the existing trailhead at Station Road, the development of new trailhead in Denmark and development of trail access to the west end of Tatamagouche.

The group was also approved for $16,600 in maintenance funding for such regular upkeep of the 25-km rail trail as mowing, grading, ditching, gravel, culverts, signage and trailhead snow removal. The total cost set by the association for the work is $33,200.

The North Shore ATV Club was approved for $13,097 in capital funding towards engineering and construction of a new bridge on an existing trail through the Calvary River Wilderness area.

The total cost for that project is $58,194.

The Colchester-Five Islands ATV Club was approved for $3,293 in capital funding for construction of a picnic shelter along the trail in Economy. The total cost for that project is set at $6,586.94.

The North Shore Snowmobile Club has been approved for $931 in maintenance funding for brush clearing 12 km of existing SANS Trail 104 near Clear Lake. That amount represents half of the total cost of $1,863 for the maintenance project.

The club also has been approved for $1,568 in capital funding to help reroute Trail 416 as well as for new bridge construction in Warwick Mountain.

That project is expected to cost a total of $13,018.05.

All funding approvals, with the exception of the maintenance funding for the Tatamagouche Area Trails Association are pending other funding sources and in some cases landowner approval.

The municipality has annual budget of $75,000 for its summer and winter trail funding program.

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