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Plans complete for trail expansion

TICONDEROGA - Plans for the extension of the LaChute River Walk Trail are complete.

The blueprint was unveiled at a public meeting recently. Construction is expected to begin this spring.

The paved trail now runs from Ticonderoga's Bicentennial Park along the LaChute River to the downtown area, across Montcalm Street, and behind Lake George Avenue to the Upper Falls.

With a $325,000 Transportation Enhancement Program grant, local officials plan to convert the existing train trestle at the end of the trail into a pedestrian bridge and extend the path to the Ticonderoga Middle School on Alexandria Avenue.

The grant is federal stimulus money - the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

"It was less than six months ago that the town of Ticonderoga was awarded the grant for the enhancement and expansion of the LaChute River Walk Trail," said Sharon Reynolds of PRIDE. "In these six months the engineers, Essex County Department of Public Works, the Ticonderoga Highway Department and PRIDE have been busy in the preparation for the actual construction portion of the project in the spring."

PRIDE was responsible for authoring the grant and is the administrative leader.

No one from the public attended the meeting to unveil the trail expansion plan, but residents along the path will be contacted and informed of the project.

"While only town and county officials attended the meeting, PRIDE will be contacting those who were not able to attend so they will be able to see the design of the trail enhancements," Reynolds said. "The community is welcome to pop in the PRIDE office during our regular business hours to view the design of the trestle conversion."

The three phase project includes converting the train trestle off Alexandria Avenue into a walking and biking pathway, crosswalk enhancements across Alexandria Avenue, new sidewalks to accommodate walkers and bikers along Alexandria Avenue to connect with the Ticonderoga Middle School walking path, lighting along the expanded portion of the trail and enhancements along the existing trail.

For more information people can call PRIDE at 585-6366, ext. 103.

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