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Local snowmobile trails to see upgrades

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Local snowmobile trails will be getting some upgrades thanks to two levels of government and the Near North Trail Association.

The West Nipissing Snowmobile Club, North Bay Snowmobile Club and the Near North Trail Association are jointly receiving support to replace two bridges and upgrade three others in the area. New railings, 14 culverts and maintenance equipment will also be purchased. 

Local railway bridges to be worked on include the one over Pike Creek near Field, McArty Creek near River Valley, and Flood Wood over the Sturgeon River.

James Riddle, longtime snowmobile club volunteer , says the funding is the culmination from years of hard work.

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“It’s been years I’ve been chasing funding to refurbish these bridges,” he said. “but lo and behold we’re successful. We’re quite happy with the funding announcement, and despite the local club having to put up a portion, it’s all in place now and good to go.”

“This funding will create trail sustainability for years to come, provide a safe and enjoyable experience for ridership while generating significant economic impact in the local communities of the Near North Trail Association District,” commented John Miller, President and Governor of the Near North Trail Association.

The cost of the projects and upgrades is $327,000 with $131,403 from the feds; $109,393 from the province and $87,711from the Near North Trail Association.

Federal officials say this work will increase trail safety and the user experience for snowmobilers along the 1,900-kilometre trail system, and further support the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs.

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