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Monday, February 7, 2011

The Trails Commission Public Hearing

The Trails Commission Public Hearing -
February 9, 2010 at 7:00 pm

Androscoggin River Trail -
Engineering Preliminary Design Presentation

It has been nearly a year since the Androscoggin River Trail design began and eight months since the kickoff public meeting, so it may be off your radar. This meeting will be the public feedback forum and opportunity to influence the design. A key factor in the success and functionality of public projects, can be the input from users.

The community should be familiar with the project to be sure that the $1,600,000 is being spent in the most effective manner. The trail route was supposed to be staked and flagged last July, for the community to be able to view the site. Since that didn't happen, the proposed route can be viewed, next to the alternative route, at:

Possible issues to be addressed with the engineers at the meeting include:

The proposed route has 40% of the project's cost going into 10% of the route
The proposed route is 1000' longer than the riverfront option
Will the expensive part will be too long, steep and slipery for people to enjoy?
Will maintenance and repair be a problem for this 500' built-up section?
What is the maintenance and replacement cost for the 150' steel footbridge?

Addional information is available at:

Steve Warren