Trail to veer off rail corridor for road side jaunt along 10
New Tecumseth councillors approved shifting a section of the Trans
Canada Trail away from the abandoned rail corridor (ARC) and onto the
road way between the 10th and 11th Lines along the east shoulder of 10 SR.
The detour is to appease WD Potato's concerns related to the trail
traversing the publicly owned ARC that cuts through its property. WD
also opposed the trail cutting across its frontage. Currently the trail
ends at 10th Line then picks up again on the arc just south of the 11th.
Council's approval means trail users will be required to cross 10 SR to
access the proposed two metre paved shoulder.
WD's concerns are related to food safety and its impact on contracts
with its suppliers. One of its employees, representing the owner, told
councillors that using the ARC would trigger legal action on their part
against the Town. Only Ward 7 councillor Shira Harrison McIntyre
opposed detouring off the ARC.
The approved alignment will tie into the two metre pedestrian allowance
which has been incorporated into the upgrades to the Deadman's bridge
on 10 SR. Last month councillors approved a pedestrian bridge crossing
over the Beeton Creek at 9th Line.
Additionally, council approved parking areas at the 11th and 13th Line
intersections. These will now go to tender.
The next key component is the portion between Beeton and Tottenham,
which "staff have initiated the process to assess alignment options,
mitigation requirements with adjacent landowners (including South
Simcoe Railway), costs associated with each option..."