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SATA funders, City of Haliax, The Trans Canada Trail Foundation and the Province of Nova Scotia Communities, Culture and heritage

SATA Trails receives Letter Of Authority....

SATA Trails Society is pleased to announce that the Provincial Department of Natural Resources has officially awarded the group authority to construct, maintain and operate the Gaetz Brook Greenway. This multi-use, non-motorized, active transportation greenway will be developed on the former abandoned rail corridor from East Chezzetcook to the junction of Hwys 7 and 107

The construction plans for the trail to include a 5-meter-wide cleared trail, structural improvement on existing steel bridges, repair of eroded and wet condition to create a dry, firm and smooth travel surface, and addition of signage and rest areas. The trail will offer safe, easy travel for active transportation users of all ages and abilities whether individually or with friends or family.

Work will begin in the next few months with the repair of the three steel bridges as completion of detailed design work continues.

We thank everyone who has provided their time and input through this process to help make this possible. There is still lots to do and we will be looking for volunteers for a variety of tasks including communications, funding work and trail design input.

SATA Trails is proud to be a part of developing this Greenway, which will be an important active transportation link in the provincial network as well as a valuable community asset for Eastern Shore communities.


Gaetz Brook Greenway 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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2014-2019 Halifax Active Transportation Plan
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