Hanover would really like to open up the south end of its trails again, but it's going to take a lot of money to do this.
The southern section of Hanover's Trail system has been closed off to the public for almost a year now due to liability and safety concerns over two of the bridges along this stretch.
The estimated 700 thousand to 1.2 million dollar bridge replacement estimate has made the project too cost prohibitive for Hanover to take on, until now.
In late August the Province announced the Community Culture and Recreation stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.
After reaching out the Ministry, Hanover has been assured that trail bridges are eligible for funding consideration within the rehabilitation and renovation category.
Mayor Sue Paterson is very hopeful Hanover will be successful in its application.
She says the Hanover trail system plays an important role in Hanover's culture and recreation and is heavily used by both those who live in Town as well as those who visit.
If the grant is approved the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program grant would be shared between the federal (40%), the provincial (33%) and the Town of Hanover (27%).
Hanover set aside 250 thousand dollars in this year's capital budget for the trail bridge work (money was set aside before the 1.2 million dollar replacement cost estimate came in), the money could carry over to 2020 for the work if the funding application is approved.