2006-02-16 / Front Page

State grant moves planned greenway trail toward construction

Funding has been approved for two sections of the proposed island greenway trail. State DEM money will be used to build a walking path from the North Pond Reservoir to Weeden Lane. Federal monies are earmarked for a bicycle path from the Jamestown Bridge to Weeden Lane. Map courtesy of Mary Hutchinson of Mapping and Planning Services Funding has been approved for two sections of the proposed island greenway trail. State DEM money will be used to build a walking path from the North Pond Reservoir to Weeden Lane. Federal monies are earmarked for a bicycle path from the Jamestown Bridge to Weeden Lane. Map courtesy of Mary Hutchinson of Mapping and Planning Services Town officials learned this week that Jamestown will receive a $50,000 grant from the state Department of Environmental Management for the construction of a walking trail.

Town Planner Lisa Bryer said the proposed trail would extend from the North Pond Reservoir south to Weeden Lane. The trail would utilize one of the wildlife tunnels beneath Route 138, she said.

The trail would border the Dutra and Neale farms.

Bryer said the trail is called a “cart path” and is essentially a walking trail that would be constructed of wood chips.

The cart path is part of the proposed Conanicut Island Greenway Trail System (see map on page 12) that is designed to link the north end of the island with the south end, especially the schools, Bryer explained.

Chris Powell, chairman of the Conservation Commission, called the $50,000 grant a major factor in establishing the greenway. The cart path “one more step for greenway that will go from the town to the north end,” he said.

Bryer said the cart path should be construction in the next 18 months.

The town planner also said that Jamestown will receive about $million in federal Transportation Improvement Project money that will be used to build a bicycle path from the Jamestown Bridge to Weeden Lane. The path would follow North Main Road.

That project will follow along Route 138 and will also help link the north end population with the south end of the island.

Another project will continue the bike path from the bridge to North Kingstown, she said.

The bike path project is slated for construction in 2008.

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