Port Renfrew is receiving an $89,000 grant under the provincial government’s Rural Dividend program to build a staircase linking Lower Beach Camp to the end of Queesto Road.
The town, within the Capital Regional District’s Juan de Fuca Electoral Area, is among a number of B.C. communities receiving more than $10 million under the program, which aims to boost economic development in rural communities.
The Port Renfrew project will cost $111,500 and will also include a trail from Queesto Road to Parkinson Road.
Mike Hicks, the electoral area’s director, said in addition to the money from the province, the Juan de Fuca will contribute $12,500 from gas tax and another $10,000 was previously announced for engineering studies.
“Now with the staircase, residents of Lower Beach Camp and the Pacheedaht First Nation can walk safely without walking on the highway all the way up to the store,” Hicks said. “The plan, eventually, is so residents and tourists can walk whole length of Port Renfrew and not touch the highway.”
Work on the project is expected to begin this spring.