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Banff Legacy Trail Reopens

Written by; Joy Smithers / TCCN Staff Writer
Added on: Fri Oct 17 2014


On October 2nd this year a portion of Legacy Trail located at Banff Alberta east entrance way was washed away during a flood which occurred the previous year and Parks Canada is in hopes that the improvements made to the trail system will survive any flood disasters in the future.

The Legacy Trail is most commonly used by cyclists, roller bladers and joggers. It is recognizable as the trail that leads onto highway.

A lot of preparation, planning and engineering went into reinforcing the underlying creek bed and reconstruction of the trail had taken 4 months to complete. John Rose, Banff National Park asset manager stated, "We built it bigger, better, and stronger".

During the original flooding in 2013 the Cascade Creek expanded and destroyed sections of the Legacy Trail and the connector, which stems from Legacy Trail up to the Cascade day use area, including 1km of trail at that junction point leading towards Canmore, BC.

The creek bedsides of the trail have been restructured and reinforced with concrete matting materials and large boulders to prevent the surrounding soil bed from eroding and from the trail being washed out again. The concrete matting was covered with fresh earth and seeded, as to not change the esthetics of the surrounding landscape.

Other bridge reconstructions that have been completed in the area include the Spray/Goat Creek bridge, which re-opened on September 22nd.

Another bridge currently under repairs is the Cascade Fire Road bridge which began in August of this year and expected be completed in mid January 2014, in time for the beginning of the cross country ski season.

Total repair costs to the Legacy Trail came in at $1.7 million (CAD). This brings the total sum of flood related restoration projects within the Banff National Park region to $12.3 million (CAD), which included repairs to Rocky Mountain House.


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