THE PROJECT

THE PROJECT

BUILDING THE LVRT -
SECTIONS 1A & 1B


On July 19, 2013, Senator Bernie Sanders was the feature speaker at the ground breaking ceremony of the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail.   The event took place at the site of a new bridge over Mt. Vernon Street in St. Johnsbury and was the first step in linking St. J’s Three Rivers Bike Path with the Swanton Recreation Trail – 93 miles away.



THE COMPLETED MT. VERNON STREET BRIDGE


Construction of Sections 1A and 1B started in the spring of 2014. It included construction of two new bridges, #13 over Mount Vernon Street in St. J, and #17d spanning Whiteman Brook in Danville.   Other bridges were re-decked and some were replaced out right. Ditches were restored to their original, working order and culverts were cleaned or replaced. The trail was leveled out and the new surface was laid down smooth. Once the trail was completed, the signs, railings, and other finishing touches were installed. With all the work complete, the trail was opened for walkers, runners, snowmobilers, dog sledders, bikers, equestrians, and skiers in the fall/winter of 2015.

2017 CONSTRUCTION SEASON


This year the second longest bridge located in the LVRT corridor will be dismantled and replaced with a new recreational bridge. Known as “Bridge 68”, the old steel girder bridge crosses the Lamoille River in the Town of Cambridge, just north of Jeffersonville. 



2018 CONSTRUCTION SEASON


Planning and field work for Section 1C begins this year.   The trail will wind for 11.6 miles through the bucolic fields of Franklin County (through Sheldon and Highgate) before reaching its western terminus in Swanton; construction is scheduled to start in the spring of 2018.
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