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Work continues on retaining wall construction and gravel base preparation along the full length of the path corridor. Due to weather conditions and paving material availability, final asphalt and gravel path surfacing will occur as a second phase in the spring of 2021. When the first phase of construction is complete, the path will be open for public use over the winter and resemble a widened road shoulder.
In the early stages of construction, the RDN identified additional opportunities to retain trees within the path corridor. A detailed assessment of the trees throughout the village core was conducted using a hydro-excavator to expose the tree root systems. This exploratory digging allowed a professional arborist to determine whether retaining wall construction would damage the trees beyond their ability to recover, and minimized the number of trees removed. Additional trees have also been kept in front of the Gabriola Elementary School by realigning the path around existing trees and altering construction methods.
Traffic disruptions can be expected. Please exercise caution, obey all signage placed for your safety, and follow the flag-persons' directions.