The Iron Horse Trail in Kitchener is getting some major improvements, several years ahead of schedule.
Soon lighting will be installed on the central portion of the trail that runs between Victoria Street and Queen Street.
Also a high traffic area between Victoria Street and Gage Avenue will be repaved and widened.
Mark Parris is landscape architect with the City of Kitchener, he says users of the trail made it very clear that lighting was a key issue.
“Residents have a told us a number of times that lighting is important, we heard it in 2012, 2015 and 2016, also it really improves safety and access time of the trail itself,” said Parris.
The other upgrade is the widening and repaving of the trail from Victoria Street to near Gage Street.
Parris says this will bring that section of trail up the preferred standard which it currently does not meet.
“The big thing is the pavement, as of now the pavement is roughly between 2.8 and 2.6 metres wide and about a 20-25 year vintage asphalt, so what we are doing is replacing and widening that to 3.6 metres.”
Parris says they will also improve the signage in the area and divide the path with a yellow stripe.
The construction on the lights and the repaving are set to start in early fall.
Funding for the improvements were granted by Infrastructure Canada.
The total cost for both projects is $600,000.