TransCanada Trail at West Bragg Creek Report
In early 2018, the GBCTA raised $331,000 from Rocky View County and $169,000 from the TransCanada Trail Foundation to complete the construction of a pedestrian bridge just east of Wild Rose and 472 meters of strong post guardrail that is required as per the Rocky View County approved design for the trail.
The strong post guard rail was installed for the GBCTA in the summer of 2018 by Volker Stevin, under contract to Bragg Creek Excavating, providing trail user safety adjacent to the busy WBC road.
McElhanney was retained in May 2018 by the GBCTA to handle all the technical, regulatory approval, tendering, inspection and project management work for the pedestrian bridge project. They completed environmental technical work and obtained Department of Fisheries and Oceans regulatory approval for the bridge abutment installation work. However the one bridge abutment tender received exceeded the budget funds available, so the abutment work was deferred until August/September 2019. The GBCTA recently received approval for $70,000 in additional funding from Alberta TrailNet for the pedestrian bridge. The GBCTA had the bridge abutment work retendered and is pleased to confirm that A M McKay Contractors Ltd. has been awarded a contract to construct the pedestrian bridge in August/September 2019.
The pedestrian bridge superstructure was constructed by JimBob for the GBCTA and is in storage awaiting installation in September 2019.
The GBCTA also installed a trail counter in the Hamlet of Bragg Creek, just east of the pedestrian crosswalk. The counter can distinguish between cyclists and pedestrians.
The GBCTA would like to thank all those who have supported this trail with funding, and volunteer work, particularly Carber Goodlet for his successful fundraising efforts and Conrad Schiebel, Bill Hoyne and Mike Frena for the installation of the trail counter.