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Farmington Canal Heritage Trail & Farmington River Trail

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Farmington Valley Trails Council Newsletter Nov 2010

It was a pleasure to be one of the speakers at the first ever Bike-Walk New England Summit held in Providence a few weeks ago. The audience was suitably impressed with what our towns, the FVTC and ConnDOT have been able to accomplish these last 18 years. We were one of the major sponsors and the over 150 attendees from all over New England were so happy with the experience that it will happen again next year.

The ground breaking for the Collinsville - North section of the River Trail was held on October 15th. The 2.2-mile section is now being built, with the hardest engineering issues being dealt with first and a completion date of summer 2011. ConnDOT currently has the trail terminating behind Best Cleaners on RT 44, but the FVTC and the Town have been in talks with the Shoppes (to the south across Lovely Street) to have the trail terminate in the Kohl’s parking lot so that there is plenty of room to park and also available food and shopping. Burlington will have completed their last section of the River Trail this year, and Farmington is hopeful that they will receive funding to finish their piece. The last major gap in the entire length of the 80.4-mile Farmington Canal Heritage Trail (FCHT) is the 9.1-mile gap including southern Farmington, all of Plainville and northern Southington. Plainville is very close to getting funding from the State to purchase the abandoned rail corridor from the center of town north to Northwest Drive. This time around Pan Am Southern RR seems motivated. If so, expect design planning to take place in 2011 for the 2.2 miles in Farmington and the 1.7 miles of Section 1 in Plainville.

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