Idea for rail trail needs reality check

In reference to the article in Dec. 3 Observer, “Citizens support rail trail initiative.”

In reference to the article in Dec. 3 Observer, “Citizens support rail trail initiative.”

This is a natural reaction to a piece of railway abandonment.

But it’s time for a reality check.

Firstly – the right-of-way doesn’t come cheap.

Secondly – the provincial government is in the driver’s seat.

Thirdly – approximately the first four kilometres north of both Armstrong and Enderby will be required for four-laning Highway 97. (I brought this to the attention of our local MLA’s office a couple of weeks ago).

Fourthly – highways must confirm their needs.

Fifthly – now we will realize there is no remaining continuity. Now I would make my suggestion that the “citizens group” work with our MLA toward a possibly viable trail from the Grindrod area to Sicamous.

R. K. Dash