The development of a multi-use regional trail system was a joint effort of the municipalities of Gardiner, Richmond, Bowdoinham and Topsham, Maine as an opportunity to increase recreational activities, promote healthy living, encourage tourism, and improve general quality of life. The Merrymeeting Trail Feasibility Study, pursued by the Midcoast Council of Governments and conducted by VHB, evaluated the development of a 25-mile RWT system along the Maine Department of Transportation-owned rail corridor. This trail was determined to become a ‘Maine Trail of Significance’ due to its length, connection of population centers, and service to multiple communities. Of specific interest is the study’s Assessment of Probable Costs and evaluated alternative routes for the trail system that would bypass the most expensive and challenging aspects of trail development. Various alternatives were determined, and if implemented would result in a cost reduction of $22 million.

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Published on 06/14/11

Author: Vanesse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.

Collection: Trail Projects

Type: Plan

State: Maine

Tags: Design, Rail-with-Trail, Corridor Research