Jones Bridge working group
Jones Bridge Pedestrian Trail Bridge Community Working Group
Jones Bridge pedestrian trail bridge community working group holds first meeting to begin plans for fundraising, construction
Committee members to meet each month to continue fundraising, planning progress to help create pedestrian bridge along the South Huron Trail
A community committee met for the first time, on Thursday, February 8, 2017, to begin the in-depth planning needed to raise funds and review designs for the Jones Bridge pedestrian bridge project on the South Huron Trail. The cost of the bridge project is estimated at about $200,000 and community donations and pledges have reached more than half of that total. A successful community fundraising campaign will help reach the amount needed and this will result in bridge construction as early as 2018, according to the community working group.
The pedestrian bridge project committee elected Dave Frayne as Chair at the first meeting. The new Chair said he was honoured to be chosen. He said the pedestrian trail bridge is an important project to give people the ability to walk from one section of the South Huron Trail to the other without having to use the highway bridge. The new chairman said he is looking forward to working with the community to turn this dream into a reality and to provide the health, safety enhancement, and recreational benefits the new bridge would provide. The proposed bridge will be located downstream of Morrison Dam. It will give trail users an alternative to walking along Morrison Line. The bridge will enhance use of the trail for decades, according to the community working group.
The use of the MacNaughton-Morrison Section of the South Huron Trail has increased and vehicle traffic on Morrison Line seems to have increased as well. That two-lane municipal road is the only way for people to link the north and south sides of the MacNaughton-Morrison and Morrison Dam Conservation Area sections of the South Huron Trail. A new pedestrian trail bridge will change that, according to the Committee Chair. The speed limit has been reduced and trail crossing signs have been installed on the roadway. A pedestrian trail bridge would be yet one more added feature for the benefit of trail users.
To find out more visit abca.ca and search for ‘Pedestrian Bridge’ on the home page or go directly to this link: http://www.abca.ca/page.php?page=pedestrian-bridge
To donate to this project please contact the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation at 519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.
New community working group meets to plan Jones Bridge pedestrian trail bridge construction, fundraising.
A group of community volunteers held their first meeting to develop construction planning and fundraising strategies in order to turn the dream of a pedestrian trail bridge – for the South Huron Trail – into reality. The Jones Bridge pedestrian trail bridge community working group is shown at their first meeting on February 8, 2018. In photo, from left to right, are Lawrence Stevens and Paul Anstett, of the Exeter Lions Club; Dave Frayne, Committee Chair, of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority Board of Directors; Lorne Rideout and Linda Wilhelm, of the Friends of the South Huron Trail; and Peter Darbishire and Tom Prout, directors on the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation.