The Round the River Route
The Round the River Route is a proposed trail that will create a loop around the Thames River west of Chatham. The trail will be designed to be multi-use, and will traverse west along Grande River Line, crossing the Prairie Siding Bridge and heading east back to Chatham on Riverview Line, with a length of 21.5 kilometers. The trail will also include an extension on Winter Line Road, from Grande River Line to Creek Road, located in Pain Court.
The trail was identified within the Chatham-Kent Trails Master Plan (TMP), as a “Municipality-wide spine route”, which also provides opportunities to connect Chatham to the communities of Tilbury and Pain Court. The trail is designated a primary trail within the TMP’s trail hierarchy. The TMP, which provides conceptual plans for trail development throughout Chatham-Kent, was approved by Council on October 16, 2009.
Design of the trail will be done in two phases. The first phase will be approximately 2.85 kilometers in length, and will begin at Keil Drive, extending west on Grande River Line. The second phase will encompass the remainder of the trail. Phase One will be designed by early summer 2017, and constructed in fall 2017. Phase Two will be designed by fall 2017, and is anticipated to be constructed in multiple phases beginning in 2018.
Dillon Consulting was retained by the Municipality of Chatham-Kent to undertake design services for the trail.
Round the River Route Trail: Phase One Grant Approval
In April 2015, the Province released guidelines for Expressions of Interest submissions to CycleON. This initiative is a 20-year vision for cycling in Ontario that supports healthier and more active lifestyles, increased tourism opportunities, a greener environment, and more sustainable transit. The Municipality’s Expression of Interest submission was successful and Chatham-Kent was one of 51 municipalities invited to submit funding proposals by November 27, 2015 to the Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Program (OMCIP).
To meet the grant funding requirements the OMCIP project phase (Phase One) is approximately 2.85 kilometres beginning from Keil Drive, extending west on Grande River Line.
The OMCIP project schedule dictates the completion of construction drawings and specifications in June 2017, with a 2017 construction completion date.
About Dillon Consulting:
Dillon Consulting Limited (Dillon) is a Canadian employee-owned professional consulting organization with 17 offices and over 700 employees across Canada. Our project team brings a unique combination of local and province-wide experience. We have worked closely together on many municipal projects and bring in-depth knowledge of municipal engineering project delivery and public consultation. Our team is predominately made up of Chatham and Oakville staff, and also includes sub-consultants to provide field investigation services.
Public Information Center:
The first Public Information Center will take place in the atrium at the:
Municipality of Chatham-Kent Civic Center,
315 King Street West, P.O. Box 640 Chatham, Ontario N7M 5K8
Date: April 25th, 2017
Time: 6:00pm- 8:00pm
For more information please contact;
Coordinator, Active Transportation and Special Events.