Construction of the longest recreational rail trail in New England is nearing completion, and its imminent opening has the Vermont Agency of Transportation planning for what’s next. The 93-mile trail that crosses the northern part of the state between St. Johnsbury and Swanton is expected to draw a lot of users year-round. As manager of the LVRT, VTrans just released a management plan that communicates vision, goals and responsibilities and seeks to get all the trail enthusiasts on the same page. Completion of the full LVRT is set for this fall. Currently, there are three segments left to finish that are under construction, the trail spans five counties. It is estimated that the annual trail maintenance cost per mile will be $3,600, which amounts to about $350,000 per year for the full trail. Most of the maintenance will fall to VTrans staff, but some upkeep will be handled by local teams as coordinated by a regional LVRT Trail Council. “The LVRT is poised to benefit from the state’s reputation as a recreation tourism destination, tapping into the many recreational opportunities that are already sought by visitors to the state,” the plan states.
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