LONDONDERRY — The state is giving a big boost to a project that will expand the town's trail system.

Londonderry's project was one of nine statewide chosen for money from the Transportation Alternatives Program, or TAP. A total of $5.7 million will be awarded to Granite State communities for projects including sidewalks, multi-use paths and rail trails.

The town will receive $800,000 to build a one-mile, multi-use path along the sides of Harvey, Webster and Grenier Field roads. It's part of Londonderry Trailways' Phase 6 portion of the community trail system.

This project, along with the Phase 5 Little Cohas portion of the rail trail planned for construction in 2019, will expand the Londonderry trail system to 5.5 paved miles.

"The rail trail has been a widely popular amenity in Londonderry and has received great support from the community over the last six years since its inception," Londonderry Town Manager Kevin Smith said. "This grant will now allow us to connect the northern part of the trail all the way to the Manchester line which will, no doubt, only increase the trail's use and popularity."

The TAP program provided money for alternate transportation projects that include not only sidewalks, paths and trail work, but also on- and off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities, and safe routes to school projects.

Criteria for project eligibility included safety, potential for success, connectivity, and socioeconomic benefits.

Other nearby communities receiving money included: Manchester, $800,000 to build an handicap compliant pedestrian bicycle trail along Perimeter Road, South Willow Street and Harvey Road; and Nashua, $799,178 for upgrading sidewalks to handicap standards and to create bike lanes along Lock and Whitney streets.

More information on Londonderry Trailways and the trail system can be found at https://londonderrytrails.org/about-the-trail-trail/.

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