Brockville – Local media were invited to tour the Brockville Railway Tunnel with the tunnel committee on Monday afternoon.
It was a chance to see the progress of the work being done to open Canada’s First railway tunnel to the public, which will happen during the Brockville Rails To Trails Festival taking place August 10 – 13, 2017.
The restoration work includes, masonry repair, installing a new paved concrete floor to enable pedestrians, cyclists, and people in wheelchairs to travel north through the Tunnel to connect to a planned new section of the Brock Trail under the CN railway corridor.
The Brockville Railway Tunnel Committee
The masonry repair has been completed and the installation of the concrete floor has started.
As well there will be new lighting to highlight the Tunnel’s architecture and geology, as well as safety, security, drainage and ventilation systems.
The official re-opening of the tunnel will take place on Saturday, August 12th at 10:30 am with the Tunnel Opening Parade beginning at Court House Square followed by Canada’s First Railway Tunnel Opening Ceremony at Armagh S. Price Park at 11:30 am.
For more information on the tunnel please visit: http://www.brockvillerailwaytunnel.com or their Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/BrockvilleRailwayTunnel
For more information on the Rails to Trails Festival please visit: http://railstotrailsbrockville.ca