T'Railway Receives Funding
A new cost-sharing agreement between the provincial and federal governments aims to address a number of concerns along the T'railway Provincial Park. The initiative, cost-shared on a 50-50 basis, will result in $1.6 million being utilized for improvements and repairs to the T'Railway, including reconstruction of the Crabbes River Bridge located in the community of St. Finton's.
In the spring of 2008, the bridge received severe structural damage as the result of an ice jam. An engineering analysis determined the structure was beyond repair, and it was subsequently removed.
"The T'Railway Provincial Park represents an important infrastructure component for the many outdoor enthusiasts who regularly travel these routes," said Charlene Johnson, provincial Minister of Environment and Conservation. "The investment in our natural heritage is an investment in our residents."
Gary Lunn, federal Minister of State for Sport said the announcement recognizes the importance of partnerships and shows an important investment in communities to help Canadian families and individuals access high-quality outdoor infrastructure to maintain healthy and active lifestyles.
In addition to the replacement of the Crabbes River structure, the Newfoundland and T'Railway Council and the province are currently working together to identify additional areas of improvement along the T'Railway Provincial Park.
The IATNL currently utilizes the Newfoundland T'Railway from Port aux Basques to Stephenville Crossing as part of its long distance trail route. From the Crossing hikers follow the Indian Range Trail to Noel's Pond, before continuing on Cold Brook logging road to the Lewis Hills southern trailhead east of Fox Island River.