Rec trail contract approved

TICONDEROGA - The extension of the LaChute River Walk Trail is expected to be complete this summer.

The Ticonderoga town board awarded the contract for the $230,000 project to Cleveland Brothers Landscaping during its March meeting. The contract must now be approved by the state Department of Transportation, although local officials believe that process is a mere formality.

"It'll be done this summer," said Sharon Reynolds, executive director of PRIDE. "July 9 is the target completion date. It should only be a two or three month project."

The paved LaChute River Walk 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 LaChute Falls.

With a 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.

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

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.

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