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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Sledders Get Approval for Bridge

Clearview Township | by Catherine Thompson  

snowmobile club will pay for construction to keep trail open

A snowmobile club wants to keep a trail open, but needs permission to build a bridge.

The Blue Mountain Snowdrifters Snowmobile Club based in Collingwood has 70 percent of its trails in Clearview Township and it wants to build a bridge over a river on what's called Trail B. 

Representative of the club, Jamie Forsythe, made a presentation to Clearview Township council on Monday evening. Forsythe says the bridge would be built and paid for by the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs on an unopened section of the 30/31 Sideroad, just west of the 6th Line south of Nottawa.

He says they need a staff report from the township giving permission before they can go to the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority for its approval. Council did approve asking staff for a report. 

Forsythe says Trail B goes from Tobermory all the way to Ottawa and he doesn't want to see this connection broken or the trail closed and become only a local club trail. He adds that he projects construction of the bridge, once all the paperwork is done and approvals given, would be built in about a year to a year and a half.

The bridge would be about 12 feet wide and 35 feet long.

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