The Village of Schanzenfeld will soon see its pathway system linked to the City of Winkler's.
Recently, the R.M. of Stanley received a $104,000 grant through the province's Building Sustainable Communities Program. The R.M. will match the grant total to help cover the estimated total cost of the project, pegged at just over $200,000.
The project will include constructing an 8-foot wide limestone path along Road 10N at the north end of Schanzenfeld, west to Road 22W, and then north along Road 22 West up to the Winkler dike, a total of 2.5 kilometres.
In addition to the pathway, there will be two electronic crosswalks constructed on Road 10N to allow for safe travel across the roadway.
"For the community itself, it's been a long time coming," said Reeve Morris Olafson. "The bike ride from Schanzenfeld to Winkler along Road 22 has been hairy at best. This is really going to really help out that situation."
Gary Friesen, member of the the Schanzenfeld Coummunity Committee Echoed Olafson's comment. "This bike ride from Schanzenfeld to Winkler along Road 22 has been a dangerous one for many years. This pathway is going to allow people to safely travel between communities. This will be a tremendous benefit to the community as it plugs into the trail network in the City of Winkler."
Olafson says the hope is to have the project complete by this fall.