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September 08 , 2021

Another section opens on 93-mile Vermont rail trail

07 September 2021 (MONTPELIER, US) 

Another section of trail is open on what will became a 93-mile (149.6 kilometers) recreation trail that will cross Vermont between Swanton and St. Johnsbury.

On Tuesday, Gov. Phil Scott announced that a 6.3 mile (10.1 kilometers) segment of the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail between Sheldon and Highgate is open to the public. The new project completes a 12.6-mile (20.3 kilometers) segment of the trail between Sheldon and Swanton.

The Vermont Association of Snow Travelers had previously completed about 33 miles (53.1 kilometers) of the trail. Now a total of about 45 miles (72.4 kilometers) of trail is open to the public.

Current plans call for completing the trail by the end of next year. Finishing the trail will include construction of three segments of trail and a major bridge.

The Lamoille Valley Rail Trail is located on a rail line that was completed in 1877 and operated until the 1980s. In the 1990s the Vermont Association of Snow Travelers, the statewide snowmobile organization, proposed transforming the line, owned by the state, into a four-season recreation trail.


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