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August 27. 2013 12:56AM

$100K grant will expand Londonderry rail trail

LONDONDERRY — A $100,000 state Department of Resources and Economic Development parks and recreation grant will assist the Londonderry Trailways group in completing another section of paved pedestrian paths on the town’s former railway corridor.

The nonprofit group now has three years to raise matching funds as a condition of the grant, Trailways spokesman Pollyann Winslow said on Monday.

Work on the local rail trail has been under way for the past several years and once completed, the town will have a 6.3-mile paved trail for walking, biking and cross-country skiing on the site of the former Manchester-Lawrence railway corridor.

This past spring, town meeting voters approved the Trailways’ plans to pave the project’s first phase, which stretches from the Exit 5 park and ride to North Elementary School.

Winslow said that segment would be completed by mid-November.

The most recent grant funds will allow organization officials to open up a 1.4-mile section of peat bogs in the Liberty Drive area.

Once completed, the state’s rail trail system will stretch through several towns to incorporate a 150-mile Granite State Rail Trail that will run from Lebanon to Salem.

For more information or to help support the project, visit www.londonderrytrailways.org.

aguilmet@newstote.com


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