At the beginning of 2018, BHA was engaged by the SLRD (Squamish Lillooet Regional District) to develop the Pemberton Valley Trail Master Plan. The Master Plan aims to define and describe a framework that will guide the future of this important trail system. The Friendship Trail was identified as key connector for the Pemberton Valley, linking the Lil’wat Nation – Mt. Currie and the Village of Pemberton. By offering a safe alternative from the road side of Highway 99, it is envisioned as an accessible, non-motorized trail that will support active transportation, recreation opportunities and contribute to building a strong connection between the two communities. The project is a joint venture between Lil’wat First Nation, the various level of government and local community. A key component of the implementation of the Friendship Trail is the construction of a bridge over the Lillooet River. The first phase of construction for the bridge was initiated at the end of August 2018 and will continue until September 16, capturing the small construction window defined by fisheries constraints.
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