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Wednesday August 6th, 2014

Posted at 10:00am

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Oldcastle entrance to the Chrysler Canada Greenway as seen from above on Google Earth

The Essex Region Conservation Authority is undertaking a three week project to pull up grass and vegetation growing on the trail on the Chrysler Canada Greenway.

“We graded the Greenway approximately five years ago, however vegetation breaks up and narrows the trail surface over time,” said Kevin Money, Director of Conservation Services. “This new equipment removes vegetation, scrapes the surface, and after a few passes results in a much improved trail surface.”

While the project is occurring, ERCA is advising the public that it is a work-in-progress. “There may be a few bumps and ridges over the next few weeks as we complete the work,” said Money. “The trail will be more like a gravel road for the next few weeks, but once complete it will be level smooth and compacted again. When the surface of our trail is fixed, we will focus on brushing back the vegetation on both sides of the trail.”

In addition, ERCA has recently installed new safety netting along the Greenway by the Kingsville Golf and Country Club. This new netting will continue to protect trail users from golf balls as they walk, run, or ride along the Greenway.

New bollard signs have also been installed at each Greenway crossing in partnership with support from County Wide Active Transportation System. These new signs increase the width of the trail opening, making it easier for users. In addition, these new signs have distance markers to communities and GPS coordinates for those interested in plotting their travels along the Greenway.

This fall there will be more work happening along the Greenway to stabilize an actively eroding bank along the side of Mill Creek in Kingsville. This will reduce erosion from the top of the trail into Mill Creek, to improve fish habitat and water quality.

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