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March 21, 2013

Voters say yes to Londonderry trail work

Supporters hope it's the start of big things

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The approved $227,000 will support the trail’s “Demonstration Mile.” Work would include grading that one-mile area, plus 2 1/2 inches of asphalt. Loam and seed would complete the work on either side of the trail. That is the easiest section to do right now, officials said, and construction costs are favorable.

Rimol said people are ready to see the trail completed, but money is tight and there is not much state or federal funding to go around.

“Other towns ask us why we don’t finish our trail,” Rimol said. “But we are trying to squeeze blood from a stone right now.”

Having work begin in Londonderry is also good news for Derry trail supporters who hope that one day the dream of having a continuous rail trail from Salem to Concord might be realized.

“We are ecstatic that Londonderry has been able to make this milestone,” Derry Rail Trail Alliance president Erich Whitney said. “I can’t say enough good things about all of the people who have taken time out of their busy lives to make a difference in our community.”

Winslow said the trail group will meet to talk about what comes next in the paving project.

“The next step is to work with the town to refine the design plan,” she said. “Money won’t be available until after July 1. Our intent is to work as quickly as possible.”

Whitney said he’s happy the trail is moving forward.

“In less than 10 years, we have seen Windham, Derry, Salem, Methuen and Londonderry all making progress on this one rail trail, each through tireless efforts of volunteers working towards a common goal,” Whitney said. “How cool is that?”

For Winslow, having a trail system available to residents is just one way to offer recreation and activities for families to enjoy.

“It costs nothing to walk on a trail,” she said. “This is a way to get out with your friends and neighbors.”

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