This portion of Griffin Drive in Corner Brook will soon have a bike path and parking lot constructed on it. — Photo by Geraldine Brophy/The Western Star
Folks who enjoy walking, running and biking along Griffin Drive will soon have a little more area to cover.
The City of Corner Brook is planning to extend the bicycle path along the western side of the bayside thoroughfare.
Right now, the bike path leaves Griffin Drive to join onto Pier Road before crossing the Lewin Parkway and over to Broadway.
The latest plan is to have the path continue along the old rail bed closer to Griffin Drive, back towards the traffic lights at the intersection of Griffin Drive and the Lewin Parkway.
At the green space near that intersection, a 15- to 20-vehicle parking lot will also be constructed.
Earlier this week, the city of Corner Brook announced an invitation to tender for the work.
Steve May, the city’s director of operational services, said the money for the path extension became available after all of the accounting was done on the funding that had paid for the rest of the bicycle path network throughout the city and a surplus was found.
In 2009, the city of Corner Brook received more than $2.7 million that had been committed to the city via the federal government’s Public Transit Fund Agreement.
With the money, the city built the network of paved bike paths throughout the core of the city and constructed a new bus transfer station on Park Street.
“Once all the dust settled and the invoices were in, we found we had some remaining funds,” said May. “We have looked at the priorities and decided the highest priority was to extend the existing Griffin Drive path back towards Corner Brook.”
Because the money comes from a fund specifically allocated for public transfer infrastructure projects, the city was limited in how it could spend the remaining cash from the original allotment.
May said there was roughly $150,000 left over.
Given the high amount of traffic the rest of the bike path along Griffin Drive sees, May said it only made sense to extend it and add a parking lot near the beginning of Griffin Drive.
“We are trying to stretch out these dollars so it won’t be paved at this stage,” he said.
Rather than asphalt, the path and parking lot will be covered with crushed stone, the same material found along the Corner Brook Stream trail system.
Weather permitting, the multi-use recreational path should be completed this fall.
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