posted at 2:35 pm Tue Jun 9th, 2015 by (WherezIt_Staff)
June 8 - As part of the Winooski Valley Long Trail Relocation opening celebration, the Green Mountain Club will have a ribbon cutting ceremony at the site of the new 224-foot Long Trail suspension bridge at 3:00 p.m., Friday, June 12 in Bolton.
In 1912, legislation was introduced to build a bridge over the Winooski River. In 1913, $500 was appropriated to the project, but subsequent trail rerouting limited plans and a bridge was never built. Since then, 25 cent ferry rides from a local farmer and long road walks have been the only options for crossing the River.
"I am profoundly humbled by the determination, hard work, and financial support that, after 100 years, turned this vision into a reality," said Green Mountain Club President Jean Haigh. "This is a major milestone in the history of the Club and it is my hope that folks will continue to support our work as we move forward. There is a lot more to be done."
The Winooski Valley Long Trail relocation includes 300 acres of land acquisition, 6 miles of new trail, and the 224-foot clear-span suspension bridge.
"Locating a spot to build the footbridge was only part of the challenge. Club leaders still had to find a way to cross a railroad, two highways, and a town road to permanently secure a corridor for the Long Trail," said Mike DeBonis, Green Mountain Club executive director."
The suspension footbridge was built by the Green Mountain Club and ECI Engineers Construction of Williston using designs produced by Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. of Ferrisburgh.
The club has raised more than 2 million dollars for this project with more than $500,000 in state funding used for land conservation and trail work. Thanks to the leadership of former Gov. Howard Dean, Sen. Dick Mazza, the late Sen. Bob Gannett, and many others, the club and the state have worked together through three decades to conserve more than 25,000 acres of high elevation forestland within the Long Trail System.
Established in 1910, The Green Mountain Club is recognized by the state of Vermont as "the founder, sponsor, defender, and protector" of the Long Trail System. With its 272-mile footpath, 175 miles of side trails, and nearly 70 primitive overnight sites and shelters, the Long Trail is the oldest long-distance trail in the United States.
Directions: Carpooling from GMC Headquarters in Waterbury Center at 2:30 pm. Parking is available along Route 2 just east of Bolton Notch Road. From there, guests will cross the railroad tracks and walk a quarter mile along a flat trail across Bolton's Sara M. Holbrook Town Forest where the event will take place.
Bolton, VT 05676 (Set as Local)
Waterbury Center, VT 05677 (Set as Local)