The 1st Annual Lamoille Valley Rail Trail Bike-A-Thon will be held on Saturday, May 27th. It is a fundraiser with the goal of raising $3,000 for three great causes: Friends of the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail, American Legion, Cambridge Post - Mt. Mansfield Post #35 and the Cambridge Area Rotary Club and Foundation.
Participants will ride their bikes on the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail to raise money! It's free and participants can register as individuals or as a team. The event will start at the Cambridge Junction trailhead in Jeffersonville, Vermont and offers riders 3 courses of various lengths.
Cambridge Junction Trailhead, Jeffersonville, VT - When: 9:00am,
Saturday, May 27th. To learn
more and to register, go to
With the construction of Bridge 68 underway, it is important to note that there may be an impact on river traffic down the Lamoille River. Paddlers should be aware that the contractor will be building causeways into the river and that there will be periodic overhead work. The bridge has been partially removed and the existing spans are structurally unsound. The current schedule has the contractor removing the existing spans and wooden piers in mid-June. Paddlers coming down the river should stay on the north side of the stone center pier and not pass under the existing bridge spans.
The only anticipated restriction of traffic through the worksite will be when the new bridge spans are being set. This work is currently slated for the first week in August. We will issue updates as we get closer to that point. It is important to be safe on the river and follow any instructions given by work crews.
Christine Pepe of Morrisville had the winning ticket for the raffle of two hybrid bicycles. The raffle wrapped up on Sunday May 7th at Earl’s Cyclery’s annual Bike Swap in South Burlington. Christine and her husband Chuck are proprietors of Muddy Moose a log cabin lodging establishment on Cote Hill Rode in Morrisville. Since 2012, this establishment with 5 miles of hiking trails, just across the Lamoille River from the LVRT has attracted outdoor enthusiasts from across the country that are attracted to the area by the increasing diversity of year-round recreational opportunities in the area, including the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail.
We are grateful to Earl’s for their generous donation that raised $3000 for the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail. Conversion of the former railroad corridor to a 93-mile four-season recreation trail is continuing this year with replacement of “Bridge 68” across the Lamoille River at Cambridge Junction.
|Contact: Don Balcom
Barre, VT, April 14, 2017– The Vermont Association of Snow Travelers (VAST), a 501(c) (3) organization, is launching a three million dollar capital campaign for the continued redevelopment Lamoille Valley Rail Trail (LVRT). When completed, the trail, extending 93 miles from St. Johnsbury to Swanton, will be the longest rail trail in New England. As a year-round recreational corridor, it serves walkers and runners, bicyclists, snowmobilers, horseback riders, cross country skiers and mushers. VAST Executive Director Cindy Locke believes that the trail is going to be the top four-season recreation destination in Vermont when it is completed. In addition to its recreational amenities, the LVRT will be a powerful economic engine for the 18 towns along its route.
Since 1997, VAST has partnered with the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) in using the abandoned railroad right-of-way as a snowmobile trail. In 2005, federal funding was secured to begin construction of a multi-purpose trail. About a third of the trail has been completed with a 15-mile section from St. Johnsbury to West Danville and a 17-mile stretch from Morrisville to Jeffersonville in the town of Cambridge is now open. Response to the new trail is overwhelmingly positive both by users and businesses along the corridor.
Four more sections of the trail remain to be completed at an estimated cost of $10-$15 million. This year, a dilapidated railroad bridge over the Lamoille River in Cambridge (known as Bridge 68) will be replaced with a new 300’ recreation span. In addition, a one-mile section of the Cambridge Greenway will be reworked to be aligned with the LVRT and extend the trail from its current terminus to the new bridge. In the spring of 2018, construction will begin on the 12-mile section from Swanton through Sheldon, with completion by the fall of next year.
This past winter, VTrans and VAST renewed their partnership agreement under which VAST leases the rail corridor, oversees construction activities and maintains the completed portions of the LVRT. VTrans has committed to seeking up to 80 percent of the funding needed to finish the LVRT: the 18.4 mile stretch from Sheldon to Cambridge; 19.5 miles from Morrisville to Greensboro; and the 10.9 miles from Greensboro to West Danville. These funds will come through the federal railbanking program created under the National Trails Act.
The new capital campaign will seek funding from individuals, local businesses, foundations and municipalities. Most of the funds raised by the campaign will be for construction, but some will be allocated for ongoing trail maintenance. Last August, VAST hired Don Balcom of South Burlington, a 25-year veteran non-profit fundraiser, to serve as Campaign Manager. The campaign is scheduled to last until the end of 2018. If sufficient funds are secured, the entire trail will be completed two or three years later.
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If you would like more information, please contact Don Balcom at 802-498-8356 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.