Grand opening of bridge scheduled for June 5

A crew of soldiers who helped build a bridge for hikers and bikers will join in celebrating its grand opening on International Trails Day, Saturday, June 5.

A crew of soldiers who helped build a bridge for hikers and bikers will join in celebrating its grand opening on International Trails Day, Saturday, June 5.

Members of 41 Combat Engineer Regiment helped install the bridge crossing the Blindman River between Red Deer and Blackfalds.

The bridge was placed this spring on the C&E Trail, between Hwys 2 and 2A, where a highway crossing was removed a number of years ago.

It will become a part of the Central Alberta Regional Trail, running 70.6 kilometres from Penhold to Ponoka, through Springbrook, Red Deer, Blackfalds and Lacombe. Access to the site is from the north side of the river, off of Hwy 597 and then south on either of Range Road 27-3 or the C&E Trail.

Celebrations begin at 1 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting and remarks, followed by a picnic lunch.

Please call 403-782-3017 to learn more.