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Province turns attention to Cathedral Grove safety improvements

Alberni Valley News
By Elena Rardon
December 2, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The provincial government has started engineering work for safety improvements to Cathedral Grove. Cathedral Grove, located in MacMillan Provincial Park, is an old-growth forest found along Highway 4. The park has become a local, national and international attraction, with roughly 500,000 visitors per year. But as the park’s popularity has grown, so have the issues surrounding pedestrian safety and parking alongside the highway. …Key safety enhancements include an expanded parking lot, U-Turn facilities and a centre median barrier to stop unsafe turns and to stop pedestrians from crossing the highway. The ministry also has plans to put in a pedestrian overpass …In a previous press release, the ministry stated that engineers will consider the need to balance pedestrian and vehicle safety with the protection of rare, old-growth trees. “No old-growth trees will be removed to accommodate the proposed improvements,” the press release stated.

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