Engineering and design work has begun on a replacement for the former trail bridge in Inkerman.

Agriculture, Mines and Rural Affairs Minister Wilfred Roussel announced an investment of $300,000 to help determine the options for the new structure, and to gain an appreciation for the associated costs.

A fire in September of 2017 destroyed the 466-metre structure, which was built using wooden pile supports and decking. The bridge was important to recreational users on the Acadian Peninsula, including cyclists, all-terrain vehicle riders, and snowmobilers.

Rebuilding the bridge will help with the development of initiatives under the Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture’s Trails Action Plan. The plan aims to implement a sustainable trail management program to create an internationally competitive trail network that supports the government’s jobs and economic growth objectives.

“This commitment is crucial to supporting and developing our economy in the region,” said Roussel. “This is a strategic investment that will help create jobs and support development of our economy by recognizing our current priorities and addressing future needs.”

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