Kellys Bridge Project

Village of Sayward

Sources of Funding
ICET:$37,600
Province of BC:$46,400
Total Budget: $84,000

Sayward’s attractive location and small-town coastal atmosphere provide easy access to an abundant and beautiful natural environment. The community lacked an accessible low-barrier walking trail that could be used by people of all ages and abilities. The restoration of the historic Mary Kelly’s Trail was identified as the best option to make an accessible trail experience and support the community’s reputation as a desirable tourist destination for outdoor recreation. Essential to accessing the trail, the old decommissioned wooden footbridge needed to be replaced.

To complete the 1.5-kilometre trail around the perimeter of Mary Kelly Island, a 52-hectare conservation area, a bridge crossing the Salmon River Estuary connecting the island with the shoreline was built. Kelly’s bridge is an 80-foot long steel structure uniting Mary Kelly’s trail with the component of the trail linking to the Village of Sayward.

The reopening of Mary Kelly's trail contributes to the Village of Sayward's strategy to create an outstanding outdoors experience drawing both tourists and residents. Walking for fitness is one of the fastest growing outdoor activities and the Mary Kelly Trail provides an excellent opportunity to be outdoors and enjoy a healthy lifestyle.

2,500
person years employment created (construction phase)
50
locally elected officials and MLAs working together
$10.4
million annual provincial government revenue generated
2,600
post completion jobs created
$4.6
dollars leveraged for every ICET dollar invested
$230
million leveraged into the region
$49.1
million disbursed
$50.9
million committed
185
economic development projects
150
projects completed
36%
projects in small (less than 5,000) communities
50+
communities with ICET projects

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