Trail forging ahead

THE onset of dry weather has seen good progress on the construction of the Harrietville – Bright Shared Trail.

The project is due to be ready for use by Christmas, with fine tuning, such as the installation of seating, to finalised in the new year.

Alpine Shire Council Director Infrastructure Services Ian Ellet said the project is within weeks of completion, with six trail bridges almost in place and sealing on the Bright end of the trail finished.

“We are on track to have the trail ready for use by the Christmas holidays in time for the annual influx in visitors,” he said.

“Early in the new year we will finalise aspects like signage and proposed rest areas.

“This is a fantastic result both for locals and visitors at both ends of the trail, promoting healthy activity and showcasing the natural features of the shire.”

Parts of the path, including the section running through Harrietville’s Tavare Park and some smaller areas along the road, will be resurfaced as parts of the initial seal treatment was not to a suitable standard.

“Our contractor has also placed and levelled topsoil along the trail edges, providing a more even surface, and we foresee that the removal of any lumps and large rocks from the trail will be an ongoing process until the project is completely finished,” Mr Ellett said.

“Reinstatement works will continue into next year to ensure the finished product is safe, user-friendly and durable.”

The project consists of approximately 5km of sealed shared trail from Pioneer Park in Harrietville to Stony Creek (Trout Farm) and a further 5km from Centenary Park, Bright to Germantown. Much of the trail is already open for use.

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