Rehabilitation of Culvert 21 on Canadian Pacific Rail Trail – Chatsworth (2013)
Culvert 21, the historic 140-year-old former railway bridge, is part of a multi-use recreational trail used by hikers, equestrians, cyclists, snowmobilers and riders of all-terrain vehicles, and is considered a one-of-a-kind feature of the area's railroad history. It attracts trail users into Grey County and supports economic development and tourism activity in this picturesque region just south of Georgian Bay.
When the aging bridge was showing signs of deterioration, Grey County heritage enthusiasts petitioned Council to restore the beautiful brick-and-stone archway, as opposed to demolishing it and installing a prefabricated straight span. Donations from the community helped to fund the County's share of the project.
Through the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund, Grey County was approved for a federal investment of up to $166,500, with total eligible project costs of $500,000 to rehabilitate Culvert 21 on the Canadian Pacific Rail Trail.
On , the County celebrated the project‘s completion, which included the use of new technologies to replicate and maintain the historical features of the culvert, such as the appearance of old world masonry.
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