Breathing life into the Kinsol Trestle

The Kinsol Trestle deserves a second look.

In a recent informal poll of Cowichan Valley Regional District directors, a majority of them say they favour tearing down the grand old bridge and erecting a new, more practical and - most importantly - more economical span across the Koksilah River.

Many say their heart tells them to restore the bridge, but their business sense says that's simply not economically feasible.

Initial figures have put the cost of restoring the 70-year-old wood trestle at more than $6 million.

The price tag to build a replacement comes in at about $4.5 million.

Now, however, a local firm has come forward to say it can fully restore the bridge for much less than the replacement costs would be.

Gord Macdonald and Steve Lawrence have impeccable credentials - both men have been trusted with valuable properties, including Windsor Castle and Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton's Nimrod Hut.

If anyone knows how to restore wooden structures, it's these two fellows.

Soon, they will be making a presentation to the CVRD in an attempt to get them as excited about the plan as board chair Jack Peake is.

Whether or not the directors all get onside with the new plan to save the trestle remains to be seen.

However, it would behove them to listen with open ears and open minds to any and all options for the grand old historic trestle, because once it's gone, it cannot be replaced at any cost.

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