The Capital Regional District will begin restoration of the Todd Creek Trestle along the Galloping Goose Regional Trail starting Sept. 16. (Contributed)

Work on Sooke’s Todd Creek trestle set to begin Sept. 16

Trestle remains closed until February

Todd Creek trestle is on track for a $1.5-million facelift, beginning Sept. 16.

The trestle bridge is across the Todd Creek valley about 1.5 kilometres south of Sooke Potholes Regional Park and is part of the Galloping Goose Regional Trail. It has been closed for repairs since August 2017.

RELATED: Todd Creek trestle closed for repairs

The Todd Creek trestle was built in 1917 as part of the Canadian National Railway. It was decommissioned as a rail line in 1984.

Restoration will include replacing timbers, foundation, support posts, stringers, braces, deck planks and guard rails. It will look much the same once the work is completed. Replaced timber pieces will be of the same original dimensions.

“We are trying to restore the trestle to its look at the time it was in working condition as a railroad trestle,” said Jeff Leahy, CRD Regional Parks senior manager.

CRD staff assessed repair options with engineers and determined restoring the trestle is the most cost-efficient and beneficial solution.

“This trestle is 100 years-old. It is considered a valuable asset to the regional trails system and to the visitors’ experience. It offers expansive forest and river views and is recognized as an attraction along the trail. The two per cent grade makes the trail accessible for all ages and abilities,” Leahy said.

Rehabilitation work will add an additional 35 to 50-year lifespan to the structure.

The Todd Creek trestle is 113 metres long and rises 23 metres above the creek bed.

Work on the trestle is expected to continue until February.

The trestle remains closed while construction activities are underway, Leahy said.

Detours are planned and trail users are asked to access the Galloping Goose north of the Todd Creek trestle via the Sooke Potholes parking lot number two and south of the trail through the Sooke River Road parking lot.



editor@sookenewsmirror.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

West Shore’s 10 worst intersections for crashes in 2019

Millstream Road, Veterans Memorial Parkway area continues to be a hotspot

Saanich council seeks more information after hearing Uptown-Douglas plan

Council asks for further reports on economic, housing, transportation plans for corridor

One dead as fish boat sinks off southern Vancouver Island

Shawnigan Lake-registered Arctic Fox II went down off Cape Flattery, west of Victoria

Three active COVID-19 cases on Vancouver Island

Since July 24, Central island has had five new cases, North one, South none

Victoria police seize replica handgun and bullets

Unrelated call leads police to functional replica

Man arrested after stabbing incident at makeshift camp near Vancouver Island mall

RCMP in Parksville report 28-year-old man taken into custody without incident

Canucks ride momentum into NHL playoff series against defending Stanley Cup champs

PREVIEW: Vancouver opens against St. Louis on Wednesday

Man, 54, charged in connection with fatal attack of Red Deer doctor

Doctor was killed in his walk-in clinic on Monday

Landlord takes front door, windows after single B.C. mom late with rent

Maple Ridge mom gets help from community generosity and government

42 more people test positive for COVID-19 in B.C.

The province has recorded no new deaths in recent days

Joe Biden selects California Sen. Kamala Harris as running mate

Harris and Biden plan to deliver remarks Wednesday in Wilmington

Lawsuit launched after Florida child handcuffed, booked and briefly jailed

Suit alleges “deliberate indifference” to what should have been handled as a behavioural issue

Russia approves vaccine, Putin hopes to begin mass production

Critic calls decision to proceed without thorough testing ‘dangerous and grossly immoral’

Most Read