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Excavators and crews work on the second phase of the Rails with Trails corridor on Tuesday.
Cyclists and hikers should be making tracks on the new phase of the Rails with Trails corridor by June.
Recent warm weather has allowed crews to resume work on an extension of the multi-use path from Spall Road to Dilworth Drive. Workers were installing light bases and building a retaining wall by a FortisBC substation on Tuesday.
Crews have already built a bridge across Mill Creek. Their final push begins once the winter weather passes, likely by late March when the ground is dry and no longer frozen.
"The weather's pretty much up and down now," said Ron Westlake, the city's director of regional services. "It'll be completed by June."
Tens of thousands of people have ridden bikes and skateboards, roller-bladed, walked, wheeled and run along the first phase of the paved trail, a 1.7-kilometre link between Gordon Drive and Spall, since it opened in 2008.
The path parallels the CN tracks. The second phase stalled after the rail corporation reversed its policy and forbade the development of
cycling and pedestrian paths alongside its tracks. Officials said it was dangerous, even with fencing.
CN's right-of-way extends 10 metres both ways from the centre of the tracks. The city has acquired and provided land just south of the rail-bed to extend the trail by 1.5 km east of Spall.
The province and federal government are providing most of the second phases's $2 million budget. The city has chipped in the land and less than $200,000, said Westlake.
The eventual goal is to provide a non-motorized link all the way to UBC Okanagan.
A linear corridor now links Dilworth along Enterprise Way to a spot near Leathead Road, but it's gravel.
"We've got interest (in) carrying it further to the east but there's a lot of uncertainty at this point," said Westlake.

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