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Tuesday May 31st, 2016

Posted at 10:00am

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Roads, trails and active transportation will be the focus in Essex this Thursday as the town officially recognizes the reconstruction of Fairview Avenue West, the naming of the adjacent recreational trail as Frank Matthys Way, and the 2016 CWATS Celebration.

“The timing for all of these celebrations is ideal,” says Chris Nepszy, Director of Infrastructure and Development. “The County of Essex and all of its municipal partners, including the Town of Essex, are collaboratively working towards building a cycling and pedestrian network that will connect our communities and provide residents with a wide range of opportunities to live active lifestyles.”

As part of the Town’s road rehabilitation program, multi-use trails are being incorporated in engineering designs whenever feasible.

“The design of Fairview Avenue and projects like it—including the Erie Street reconstruction project that began last week in Harrow—will provide safe passage for pedestrians and cyclists while also connecting to existing trails in a way that enhances the countywide network,” says Nepszy.

The celebration begins at 1:30pm near the Fairview Avenue entrance to the Essex Centre Sports Complex. Following speeches and the official unveiling of Frank Matthys Way, the 2016 CWATS Celebration will begin. Everyone is invited to join in for 30 minutes of fun, including a walk or ride along the new trail, t-shirt and water bottle giveaways, and a grand prize draw.

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