By Gord Bowes, News staff
Another section of the East Mountain Trail Loop will be completed early this summer.
A four-metre-wide asphalt path is being constructed from the foot bridge that crosses the Red Hill Valley Parkway at Arbour Road to Stone Church Road and then west to the Mount Albion Conservation Area.
Work began earlier this month, said Cynthia Graham the City of Hamilton’s project manager. It should be completed in July.
As many as 200 people use that section of the trail in a day during peak seasons, she said.
The city is spending about $212,000 on the latest section.
The East Mountain Trail Loop is a 10-kilometre trail that runs from Felker’s Falls along the Mountain brow to Albion Falls to the Mount Albion Conservation Area on Stone Church Road.
It links to the Red Hill Valley Trail system, the Trans-Canada Trail, and the Bruce Trail.
Ward 6 councillor Tom Jackson said he likes to see more amenities for local hikers and visitors who are exploring the city.
Another part of the east Mountain loop to be constructed is along Pritchard Road, south from Mud Street, and then along the north side of the Red Hill Valley Parkway to the footbridge which crosses the highway over to Arbour Road.
The city is still working with property owners to get the section built along Pritchard Road.
“We’re still fully committed to another connecting piece,” said Jackson.