Friends of LVRT News
The Friends of the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail are looking to hire a computer-savvy individual to guide us through setting up a new interactive web site. No need to be a programmer. You would be working with an established template and have the support of multiple people already working with this program and its attached database. We expect this to be a 3 month, part time commitment. You would work independently from home with a few days a month of meetings and a half day paid training in Burlington. Familiarity with Nation Builder a plus but not a necessity. Please contact the Friends at firstname.lastname@example.org or Donna at 802-272-0574 with your interest, qualifications, referrals and salary requirements.
Lamoille Valley Rail Trail gets a Sprucing up!
The Lamoille Valley Rail Trail (LVRT) is getting a Spring cleaning. Last Sunday over 25 volunteers for the Friends of the LVRT began the work of readying the trail for summer’s onslaught of active users. After a brief meeting and training session at the future Hyde Park Trailhead off Depot Street, volunteers armed with rakes, shovels, brooms and trash bags headed out to pick up over 10 large bags of trash, remove tree limbs and numerous tires, brush layers of sand off the concrete road crossing pads and open a few culverts. Several larger trail issues were noted which will be addressed soon, like replacing some of the sta-mat surface where small washouts and potholes have occurred. As the trail dries out, the Vermont Association of Snow Travelers (VAST) and the Friends will organize a re-surfacing day when a truck load of gravel will be spread in damaged areas, filling holes and washouts.
The Friends began organizing Trail Crews two years ago for the 3-season non-motorized user months to help with ongoing maintenance of the trail so VAST can concentrate their efforts and resources on their primary purpose of getting the rest of the trail built and addressing larger maintenance issues such as culvert rebuilding or bridge repairs that require extensive resources while also contributing much appreciated expertise to the Friends’ Trail Crew efforts. The Friends also work with communities consulting and supporting trail head development, signage and promoting the trail for the economic benefit of surrounding communities.
The FLVRT, a 501c(3) organization, is comprised solely of volunteers and is chaired by Donna Higgons. Al Spitzer is Trail Chief for the section from Tenney Bridge on route 15A to Cambridge Junction and Ron Gauthier is Trail Chief for the section from St. Johnsbury to West Danville. They recruit, coordinate and train volunteers, all in an effort to keep the trail looking like brand new. On this sunny Sunday, hundreds of walkers, bikers, people in wheelchairs and pushing baby carriages were out enjoying the trail, many stopping to thank the volunteers for their efforts.
Both VAST and the Friends appreciate any help you can give whether time or a donation. VAST has just launched a capital campaign to fund the completion of the trail and the Friends are developing a new web site with integrated database functions that will ease efforts to communicate with volunteers and members.
Over 25 volunteers began clean-up and monitoring duties on the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail. Here they pose with Al Spitzer (center, kneeling), Trail Chief for section 1B wearing the new, custom-designed Trail Crew hats from the Friends of the LVRT. Thank you one and all for a job well done! For more information on work days and supporting the trail go to www.Friendslvrt.org or www.lvrt.org .
VTrans to Replace Route 2B Bridge in St. Johnsbury
Montpelier, VT - April 21, 2017 - Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) is moving forward to replace the VT Route 2B Bridge 6 over the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail in the Town of St. Johnsbury. The bridge is less than one half mile west of Route 2B’s eastern intersection with US Route 2.
Accelerated bridge construction methods will be used to shorten the length of time to build the new bridge. A 50-day bridge closure period, at the construction site, is planned while the existing bridge is demolished and the new bridge is constructed. Both the bridge and Lamoille Valley Rail Trail closure periods are expected to start on May 10th, 2017. The Lamoille Valley Rail Trail is expected to re-open after overhead work is completed in mid-June.
Separate offsite detours for vehicles and trail users will be marked with signs for use during the closure period. VT 2B through traffic will be directed to use US 2 as a detour route around the project. Rail trail users will be directed to use town roads as designated by the Town of St. Johnsbury.
J.P Sicard of Barton, VT was the low bid contractor who was awarded this project. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of July 2017.
For more information, visit the project website at http://stj2bbridge.vtransprojects.vermont.gov/
Request for Funding Application
Part of the mission of the Friends is to support organized groups who have projects that involve 1) the Trailheads (signage, construction, promotion, etc. or 2) maintenance(which need LVRT approval). Because we believe in community partnerships, and have limited funds, we ask that your project has demonstrated funding and support from your local community, whether it be the municipality, Chamber of Commerce or similar. Please allow at least 30-45 days for a decision on financing approval.
Click here to download the Request for Funding Application (pdf).