Sept. 16, 2008
INKERMAN (CNB) - A $1.2-million investment will be made this year to repair bridges and trail sections of the province's Sentier NB Trail network. Natural Resources Minister Donald Arseneault; Minister of Wellness, Culture and Sport Hédard Albert; and Transportation Minister Denis Landry made the announcement in Inkerman today.
"Government is committed to go beyond the maintenance of our trails as we provide a great place for New Brunswickers to walk, cycle and enjoy nature," said Arseneault. "While repairing, we also want to look at ways to update trails and bridges to reduce future maintenance costs. This funding ensures that our trails are efficiently updated for the enjoyment of our residents, as well as for those visiting our province." (Multimedia)
The event highlighted Pokemouche Bay on the Acadian Peninsula as one of the key areas where trail and bridge work will be done. To date this year, $55,000 in engineering and repair work is planned for the Pokemouche bridge. In total, the province has committed $200,000 in construction and engineering projects for the Acadian Peninsula.
Improvements also aim to further promote tourism and encourage wellness for those using the trail system.
"Our government encourages the people of New Brunswick to adopt a healthy lifestyle," Albert said. "By taking walks, jogging or riding a bicycle on our pedestrian trails and making this a regular activity, the people in the region and in the province will significantly improve their social and emotional lives, as well as their overall wellness level. It's with a population that is both mentally and physically fit and which is proud to be in New Brunswick that we will attain our self-sufficiency objective."
The Sentier NB Trail is a network of multi-use recreational trails using provincially owned abandoned railway lines. About 850 kilometres have been completed to bicycle standards, while several hundred more kilometres are used for walking, snowmobiling and ATV activity.
About 40 repair and update projects have been projected for the next year.
MEDIA CONTACT: Sheri Strickland, communications, Natural Resources, 506-453-2614.