East Coast Greenway news, July 2016

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Maine: Brewer Riverwalk Reconnects Penobscot River

Cities across the country are revitalizing their waterfronts, uncovering and transforming former industrialized landscapes into lush green corridors. This trend is inspiring residents and visitors to reconnect with their urban waterways. Maine offers a handful of examples including Portland’s Eastern Promenade, the Bangor Waterfront, and theAndroscoggin River Bicycle Path in Brunswick.

The recently completed Brewer Riverwalk hugs the eastern banks of the Penobscot River. The 0.4-mile paved greenway offers a safe and enjoyable alternative to the busy State Route 9. It also mirrors the river’s western bank in neighboring Bangor, which is home to the 0.8-mile Waterfront Trail, designated as part of the ECG in Spring 2015.

The Brewer Riverwalk is particularly unique in that it makes connections to essential services like grocery stores and local attractions including the Brewer Children’s Garden and Mason’s Brewing Company, which opened shortly after the Riverwalk was complete.

We are currently working with the City of Brewer and the ECGA Greenway Council to officially designate this gem into the ECG travel route.

Connecticut: New Segment of Farmington Canal Heritage Trail Opens in Cheshire 

On July 9, a new 1.5 miles of the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail opened in Cheshire, Connecticut. This, along with another 2.5 miles to the north, will be designated as East Coast Greenway later this year. ECGA Tri-State Coordinator Bruce Donald spoke at the ribbon cutting ceremony, along with Connecticut’s DOT Commissioner James Redeker, Cheshire Town Manager Michael Milone, and others.

This new segment connects New Haven to northern Southington with only a small .67 mile gap remaining in Cheshire to be completed next year.

Delaware: General Assembly’s Budget Includes Over $20 Million for Trail Connecting New Castle to Wilmington

The Delaware General Assembly just agreed on a budget that includes over 20 million dollars for the development of the trail connecting New Castle to Wilmington. The project, which includes a large bridge, will connect the Russel W. Peterson Wildlife Refuge to the Delaware River. This will create a wonderful route for the East Coast Greenway, moving it off some very challenging roads. A big thanks to Governor Markell for his leadership and to Bike Delaware.

Maryland: Hatem Bridge Now Open to Bicyclists

On July 1, the Hatem Bridge opened to bicycle traffic. This is a keycrossing of the Susquehanna River between Havre de Grace and Perryville at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. Working with Bike Maryland and the September 11 National Memorial Trail Alliance, the East Coast Greenway helped advocate for the opening of the Hatem Bridge.  The crossing of the Susquehanna closes a significant gap in the East Coast Greenway, as this was the largest gap in our entire national alignment.

The Hatem Bridge is a road bridge, and bicycles must ride in the roadway with vehicles.  There are limitations that are imposed on the crossing for bicycles. You can read more information about bicycling on the bridge here. Current bicycle access times generally are Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturday – Sunday and state holidays, dawn to dusk

Bicyclists must be 18 years of age or older OR have a valid driver’s license to cross the Hatem Bridge, and cyclists traveling eastbound must pay the 2-axle toll rate ($8) in the far right toll lane (cash and E-ZPass accepted). Credit cards are not accepted at the toll plaza.

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