Norwottuck Rail Trail repairs are on track

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – As the weather gets nicer, more people are looking for excuses to get outside, and work that is designed to make a popular recreational trail even better, is currently underway.

The Norwottuck Rail Trail, a 10.5-mile bicycle and pedestrian trail that goes from Northampton to Belchertown, is undergoing a $4 million restoration project. The hope is that trail construction will be completed by November of 2014, and they are on track.

The trail remains open, but they are renovating the bridge that crosses the Connecticut River between Hadley and Northampton, widening the paths, and repaving with regular asphalt.

The old asphalt, made with recycled glass, was popping bike tires.

“People love this trail. We get walkers, bikers, people on roller blades, and the new asphalt is going to be wider and provide a better trail experience for everybody,” Paul Jahnige of the state Department of Conservation and Recreation said.

Right now, they are working to expand and repave the Damon Road Parking Lot by the trail in Northampton. It will be closed until the end of April.

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