Encouraged by Gov. Phil Scott’s pledge of financial support, northern towns expressed support for the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail at Town Meeting.
Vermont Gov. Phil Scott surprised many trail supporters earlier this year when he proposed spending $2.8 million in state money to finish it. The governor said in this budget address that the state’s share would enable the use of $11.3 million in federal transportation funds, most of it to build bridges on the trail, which is popular with bicyclists, pedestrians, skiers and snow machine users. Business owners along the trail and the groups that support its users say the trail could play an important role in economic development. They’ve already seen that in places where large sections of the trail are available to bicyclists and walkers, said Nancy Banks, treasurer of the Friends group. Banks said most of the traffic she sees on the trail now is local.."
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