Notice to Paddlers on the Lamoille River

  • By Shane Prisby
  • 12 May, 2017

Extra caution required during construction

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.


News & Events

By Don Balcom 21 Jun, 2017

Last week Gov, Phil Scott announced the creation of the Vermont Outdoor Recreation Economic Collaorative, a panel of state officials, business owners and non-profit leaders. To learn more about the VOREC see
https://vtdigger.org/2017/06/15/task-force-draw-attention-outdoor-recreation-vermont/

 LVRT Project Manager Shane Prisby was appointed to the 15-member task force. Shane joined the VAST staff in 2015 and is responsible for overseeing construction and maintenance of the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail. The VOREC is an effort to bolster economic activity around outdoor recreation in Vermont.

 Our goal is to make the LVRT the #1 year-round tourist attraction in the state of Vermont. With one third of the trail completed, it is already benefitting our local economy by attracting tourists and outdoor recreation enthusiasts from outside the state, as well as from other countries.

By Shane Prisby 06 Jun, 2017
While the warmer weather means more opportunities to get outside, it also means more chances of encountering ticks. Ticks are most active during the warmer months of the year and can potentially carry diseases such as Anaplasmosis or Lyme disease. While ticks are primarily found in brushy areas with high grasses, it is important to stay vigilant and check yourself, your children, and your pets after every excursion outdoors.

Prevention is always the best safeguard. Wearing lightly colored long pants and long sleeves will help keep ticks off your skin and help you spot them quickly. Additionally, you can pre-treat your clothing with permethrin (do not use directly on skin or spray on clothing while wearing them) or use an EPA-registered insect repellent with up to 30% DEET. If you do find an embedded tick, it is important to remove it quickly and completely with fine tipped tweezers or a purpose-specific tick removal device. When all parts of the tick have been removed completely, dispose of the tick by flushing it down the toilet, putting it in alcohol, or sealing it lightly in tape. Wash your hands and the bite area with soap and water. Monitor the bite area and pay attention for any potential symptoms of illness such as fever, joint pains, fatigue, or rash. Know that not everyone develops these symptoms which can take 3-30 days to appear if at all. If you develop symptoms or have questions or concerns, contact your health care provider.

Below are some additional resources to learn how best to prevent and respond to tick bites. Remember to stay safe out there and have fun!

https://www.cdc.gov/ticks/index.html

http://www.healthvermont.gov/disease-control/mosquito-tick-zoonotic
By Don Balcom 04 Jun, 2017
Vermont Gives Day of Giving is an initiative of the Common Good Vermont designed to raise awareness about how essential nonprofits are to our quality of life. VT Gives is a 24­-hour online challenge to support our local nonprofits and to amplify the generosity of Vermont citizens. 

This  Wednesday and Thursday visit  https://www.vermontgives.org/organizations/vermont-association-of-snow-travelers  and make a donation to help us build a new Bridge 68 in Cambridge Junction and plan for the next new section of the LVRT from Swanton to Sheldon Junction. 

Your support will be appreciated as we work together to complete New England's longest rail trail.

By Don Balcom 29 May, 2017
Earlier this month work began on replacing the dilapidated railroad bridge across the Lamoille River near Jeffersonville with a new two-span recreational bridge.  The photo above looking southeast  toward Mt. Mansfield shows the remaining section of the old bridge that is being removed and (on the left of the picture) the portion of the LVRT that will be converted and connected to the existing trail head at Cambridge Junction. On the north side of the river the improved trail will continue out to Route 109, adding about a mile of new trail to the existing link between Morristown and Cambridge.  Photo compliments of Over and Above Photography - www.overandabovephoto.com .  To see more images of the project site, visit us on Instagram.
By Don Balcom 29 May, 2017
On Saturday May 27, a beautiful spring morning, the Cambridge Area Rotary Club and Smugglers Notch Resort hosted the first Bike-A-Thon -- a fundraiser to benefit three local organizations: Friends of the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail, American Legion, Cambridge Post - Mt. Mansfield Post #35 and the Cambridge Area Rotary Club and Foundation. 
Individuals and teams could choose one of three courses along the trail extending from the Cambridge Junction trailhead to  Willow Creek (8 miles roundtrip distance) , Johnson (16 miles) or Morrisville (32 miles).  Sponsors for the event were Lost Nation Brewery and Bootlegger Bikes.  As the riders assembled for a group Jeff Spring,Smugglers Notch, Operations Director, announced that at least $1000 had been raised for the Friends of the LVRT.  For more photos of the event, visit the LVRT's Facebook page and Instagram.  
By Don Balcom 12 May, 2017

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. 

Event DetailsWhere: Cambridge Junction Trailhead, Jeffersonville, VT -  When: 9:00am, Saturday, May 27th. To learn more and to register, go to
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lamoille-valley-rail-trail-bike-a-thon-tickets-33434420251  
 or 

https://www.crowdrise.com/Bike-A-Thon

By Shane Prisby 12 May, 2017

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.


By Don Balcom 11 May, 2017

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.

By Shane Prisby 28 Apr, 2017
The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) will be removing and replacing the Route 2B bridge that spans the LVRT in St. Johnsbury. The bridge span will be replaced with a 47-foot metal arch similar to the one under I-91. Beginning on May 10, 2017 , this portion of the LVRT will be temporarily closed to allow the contractor to safely remove the structure.  The project is part of the Accelerated Bridge Program which dramatically shortens the amount of time the trail would be closed. The trail will be reopened in mid-June once overhead work is completed. It is important that everyone obey all signs and instruction and to stay out of the construction zone! Other portions of the trail in St. Johnsbury and Danville will remain open for this period but there won't be connectivity between the two towns via the LVRT. For more information on the project and detour maps, visit: http://stj2bbridge.vtransprojects.vermont.gov/
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