Work on key part of Moun­tain trail un­der­way

The Hamilton Spectator - - Local - MARK NEW­MAN

Hamil­ton area hik­ers may have a new 800-me­tre­long as­phalt trail to try out near the Moun­tain brow off Pritchard Road by the end of the year.

Work be­gan in mid-Au­gust on the sec­ond phase of the East Moun­tain Trail Loop that will take walk­ers and cy­clists from the park­ing area at the top of the Red Hill Val­ley Trail at Mud Street and Pritchard to Ar­bour Road.

It’s all part of the mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar plan to build an eight-kilo­me­tre ac­ces­si­ble trail that loops around the east Moun­tain from the Para­mount Drive and Felker’s Falls area of up­per Stoney Creek, through part of the Red Hill Val­ley, across an area west of Pritchard and across the Red Hill Val­ley Park­way via a pedes­trian bridge and then back around to the south of High­land Road West to the Eramosa Karst area.

Most of the trail loop has al­ready been com­pleted. Cyn­thia Gra­ham, manager of land­scape and ar­chi­tec­tural ser­vices for the city, said the $443,000 sec­tion now be­ing laid will take hik­ers through grassy and wooded ar­eas that had pre­vi­ously not been ac­ces­si­ble.

“The idea is to bring peo­ple through na­ture,” she said. “The goal is to get most of the work done be­fore freeze-up.”

Gra­ham said fi­nal land­scap­ing work may have to wait un­til the spring.

The fi­nal two sec­tions of the trail south of High­land Road West be­tween Pritchard and Mount Al­bion Road and off High­land across from the Eramosa Karst are ex­pected to be built by the pri­vate sec­tor as part of neigh­bour­hood de­vel­op­ment.

“The con­cept of this trail goes back to 2007,” Coun. Tom Jack­son noted. “Part of the con­di­tion of do­ing that was to com­pen­sate wards.”

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