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What’s Happening....

July 6, 2017 ... Beginning on July 10th WSP consultants will have people on the corridor surveying existing conditions prepatory to design work. Engineers will also examine the bridges in order to prepare contract drawings and specifications for repair work.

June 24, 2017 ...A draft information report with the results of the trail survey and open house has been sent to DNR. The open house andsurvey are part of a 10 step process leading up to obtaining a Letter of Authority (LOA) to develop the rail corridor as an Active Transportation Greenway. We thank all who participated and filled in surveys especially the abutting property owners. Your input was helpful and many of your concerns will be addressed in the final trail design.

DNR has issued a tempoary LOA that allows for engineering assessment, design and repair of the three steel bridges along the route. If possible work will be done this year.

June 6, 2017.... A public presentation of the preliminary plan was held on May 29th. Feedback from the community has been collected and a review process will follow in the coming days. Thank you to all who expressed their thoughts. Concerns will be addressed and accommodated as much as practically possible as we enter the detailed design phase.

April 5, 2017..... SATA is pleased to announce that the Dept of Natural Resources has officially informed us that they will be issuing a Letter of Authority to SATA for an active transportation greenway from East Chezzetcook to Musquodoboit Harbour along the abandoned rail corridor.

While 'Gaetz Brook Connector' has been used as a working name an enduring one will be open to suggestion from the community.

The letter from DNR states that their public consultation process showed strong public support for a non-motorized trail. This is very encouraging and allows us to move forward with development of the Greenway.

Gaetz Brook Connector Preliminary Plan

SATA Trails engaged WSP Consultants to carry out work in four phases: 1.) Complete an assessment of the adandoned rail corridor: 2.) Produce a preliminary plan for review; 3.) Produce a detailed design and 4.) Provide a tender package. Phase 1 has been completed and Phase 2 is substantially completed. Below is a link to a first draft of the preliminary plan for review and comment by the community. There will be a public presentation before final phases are started although the place and time have yet to be determined. In the meantime we welcome your input using the 'Contact Us' link.
Phase 2: Preliminary brief and plan
Phase 1: Assessent of existing conditions

typical cross section
Typical rest area cross section
draft bridge section
Draft bridge rehabilitation section

Porters Lake Core Greenway:

The first phase of this project was completed in 2016. The second phase will connect across the Exit 20 overpass for the 107 highway to the Blueberry Run trail and Les Collins Drive. See the overall plan here.

Bicycles on the newly paved core greenway
Core Greenway

Trying out the new pavement.

Chezzetcook River bridge
Bridge at Gaetz Brook

Gaetz Brook or Chezzetcook River

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Gaetz Brook Connector
Info Sheets

Download Gaetz Info Sheets
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Bridge Inspection Report-Final

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Porters Lake and surrounding area Active Transportation Plan.

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Making Connections

2014-2019 Halifax Active Transportation Plan
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