The River Valley Alliance's plan to create new trails, pedestrian bridges, upgrades and more is almost done.
 
River Valley Alliance (RVA) executive director, Brent Collingwood updated Fort Saskatchewan council on the status of phase one of their 2012-2017 capital plan, at the Tuesday (Jan.23) meeting.
 
The six year project came with a $90 million price tag, creating 13 initiatives over different 18 sites.
 
"When you connect all of the various trails we've built from end-to-end, it's been over 70 km of new trails throughout the river valley," said Collingwood.
 
They have created nine new trail projects, seven new water access points, two new pedestrian bridges, a community centre in Fort Saskatchewan along with three upgraded staging areas in Strathcona County, Parkland County and Sturgeon County. Plus, completed upgrades on three pedestrian bridges crossing Battery Creek and opened the funicular in Edmonton.
 
Collingwood felt good about the project wrapping up soon.
 
"It's good. It has its strengths but some challenges," he said. "One of those challenges is that people are excited they're coming down and using the river, but they might be on a trail and all of a sudden it will just stop because we haven't got the connectivity yet."
 
Phase one should wrap up by the end of 2018 as they head into phase two of the project from 2018-2022.
 
The seven shareholders that have committed to this project are as follows: Town of Devon, Parkland County, Leduc County, City of Edmonton, Strathcona County, City of Fort Saskatchewan and Sturgeon County.

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