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  • Hunter Cresswell

Chelsea trail costs balloon to $7 million

The municipality of Chelsea told taxpayers that the community trail, now officially called the Voie Verte Chelsea, would cost $3 million, but the final price tag may be well-over double the original cost.

According to expense reports on the municipal website, the trail cost $4,946,369 million as of May 2022 and there’s still $2,065,196 million worth of work to go in 2022, 2023, and 2024.

Chelsea resident David Stockwell has been paying close attention to the trail since the project to turn 22 kilometres of disused railway stretching from the northern to southern borders of the municipality began in 2015. The retired federal government worker who was involved in major projects such as the construction of embassies, said that, in his experience, the first step in a major project is drafting and presenting a budget.