---- — LONDONDERRY — It continues to be happy trails for those who love to be outdoors.
Londonderry Trailways supporters are one step closer to getting a one-mile section of the town’s trail system paved.
Engineering was set to begin this week to pave a section of the trail near Exit 5 off Interstate 93, leading over to an area at North School Elementary.
Loudon-based Daniel T. Ladd Company will do the paving work.
Trail supporter Pollyann Winslow said it’s good to see the work finally getting started.
“We are very excited,” she said.
Financing this portion of paved trail got a boost last March from voters, who approved spending $227,000 to help support the project.
Once the new fiscal year began July 1, it was time to start pavement planning.
“You pass the warrant article in March,” Winslow said, “and then we were chomping at the bit.”
Trailways also received a $100,000 matching Land and Water Conservation grant from the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development, Parks and Recreation Division.
The money will go to support the Rail Trail Peat Bog section.
The town’s trail system is being built on the abandoned Manchester-Lawrence railway corridor. Upon completion, it will be a 6.4-mile, multi-use, all-season area for walking, biking, skiing and other activities.
Trail supporters in town are also hoping people in town might want to purchase their own part of the trail system.
A fundraising effort gives people a chance to buy one foot of the town’s trail system for a $40 donation.
Winslow said that effort began to give people a chance to get involved in the life of a trail and also give financial support.
“It gives people a stake in the trail,” she said.
The paving project is slated to be complete by the end of November.
A ribbon-cutting event to celebrate the opening of the new paved trail is set for Nov. 24.
Winslow wants everyone to get out and enjoy the trails.
Guided trail tours are planned for the town’s Peat Bog section on Sept. 29 and again on Oct. 27. Both tours begin at 3 p.m. at Independence Drive.
“We want to encourage people to come out and learn about us,” she said. “It’s all going to be wonderful to connect to everything.”