City closes sections of Fish Creek trails

The city says a section of the trail in the Fish Creek Community Forest will be permanently closed starting Aug. 11 due to ongoing landslides and slope instability.

The damaged section of the Silviculture Trail as well as the lower connector trail will not be repaired, the city said. The lower connector trail began sliding earlier this summer after significant heavy rains in June and July.

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"City staff have been monitoring the trail conditions closely and have noticed an increase in land movements this year which have created concern for public safety," the city said in a news release.

The city says new trails are currently under construction in the upper sections of the forest where there is more land stability and less chance of land shifting. The new section of trail is expected to be completed this summer.

The Multi-Purpose Trail and the paved Anatomy Trail remain open.

Residents are asked to follow the direction of city staff and contractors working to decommission the damaged trails and build the new ones.

Signs and barricades have been placed in locations where the trails are closed or hazards have been identified.

A map of the trail closure can be viewed below:

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Fish Creek trail closures. - City of Fort St. John

A section of the Silviculture Trail was first washed out by a storm in June 2016.

Council approved replacement trails to be built in 2019, and awarded a contract to build them to Knelson Sand & Gravel of Grande Prairie in June of this year.

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca.

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