This massive work of engineering provides an evocative window into the early logging history of British Columbia.
This massive work of engineering provides an evocative window into the early logging history of British Columbia. With a detailed plan for restoration in now hand, this project is ‘shovel-ready’ and in urgent need of funding.
The Todd Creek Trestle is located at Cowichan Mile 28.4 on the deactivated Canadian National Railway line between Victoria and Deerholme, which is now part of the Galloping Goose Regional Trail. The trestle consists of 26 timber bents arranged in a dramatic 369-ft long curve above Todd Creek. The tallest 4 bents are carried on 8 massive Douglas fir stringers that span the creek 70ft below the trail. The current configuration is highly-authentic, making this bridge an excellent candidate for restoration.
M&L has been working with the Capital Regional District, the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, and Stantec Consulting Ltd. as part of a multi-phase project in to ensure that the bridge is conserved for the use and enjoyment future generations. In 2012/13 M&L carried out a comprehensive condition assessment of the entire timber structure of the trestle via roped-access, and then created a detailed set of repair drawings and specifications as a first step towards saving the bridge.