Trail Construction / Maintenance and Trail Crossings : Policies and Procedures

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This procedure is intended to provide district staff consistent guidance when approached by government agencies or recognized trail groups seeking approval to either construct trails or trail crossings on highway right-of-way. For the purpose of this procedure, the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (the “Department”) recognizes there are two main categories of trail users, motorized and non-motorized users. The motorized users include, but are not limited to, all off-highway vehicles while the nonmotorized users include, but are not limited to, pedestrians, equestrians, bicyclists and cross country skiers.

The procedures include diagrams and signage examples.

Historical file of a related 1997 policy, Provincial Policy for Rails to Trails in Nova Scotia, is also attached.

PDF icon Policy for Rails to Trails - 1997 document

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