Advocates for Vancouver’s Arbutus Greenway say they’re thrilled that work is ahead of schedule and nearly complete.
Hans Finken, with the Arbutus Greenway Improvement Society says word that track removal is almost finished means there’s a good chance the project will meet a special target.
“We were working on a deadline to hopefully get it all completed in time to incorporate it into the Trans Canada trail. [We’re] celebrating the 150th birthday of Canada next year, and they wanted to complete that trail.”
The city says the speedy track removal means work can start this week on installing a temporary foot path from Fir Street at 6th Avenue to 41st Avenue, which could be ready by the end of summer.
Vancouver bought the nine kilometer stretch of rail from CP in march for $55 million.
“We are just hoping it’s going to be as popular as Stanley Park,” says Finken.
When finished, the greenway will link False Creek to the Fraser River for cyclists and pedestrians.