Federal funds are going towards rehabbing the Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail, creating one of the largest trail systems in the Northeast. The MVRT spans from St. Albans to Richford, a 26.1-mile route passing through forests, farmland, and several cities towns, and villages. Now, Vtrans has received $1.44 million in federal funds to rehab the trail. Once complete, the MVRT will connect to the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail and Canada’s trail network, creating one of the largest regional trail networks in this part of the country. It will connect to the 96 miles of the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail and connect on the Canadian side. There’s no direct trailhead-to-trailhead access, but it brings you to Richford and Richford is a Canadian border customs crossing where you can cross into Canada. The project will likely take a few years to complete but there’s no major construction that has to take place. “What this project is going to do is rehabilitate that surface for a new surface — same product, just new — and they’re going to also extend the project just slightly from where it terminates now in St. Albans. They’re gonna connect it a little bit further, a little closer to downtown St. Albans on lower Newton Street. The upkeep of Vermont’s trail network will remain a top priority.
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