NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – A lot of us are taking advantage of this warmer weather by taking a walk or bike ride on the Norwottuck Rail Trail, which has been under re-construction for a while.
Tuesday was the perfect day for a bike ride on the trail. Just a week ago, work was finished on the Damon Road parking lot, the unofficial start of the trail in Northampton. The parking lot leads to the newly renovated Connecticut River Bridge.
Now, workers are fixing and widening the trail from South Maple Street in South Hadley to Route 116 in Amherst.
Bikers and pedestrians said they didn’t mind the repairs because they love how the repaired areas turned out.
Sarah Blohm of Northampton said, “I biked out to Amherst last night so part of the trail is kind of blocked off, but everyone uses it anyways when there’s no construction going on, but it’s dirt right now.”
After this phase is done, workers will repair from Route 116 in Amherst to South East Street in Amherst. Then they’ll widen the path from South East Street to Station Road.
The $6 million project is state and federally funded and is expected to be finished by the end of the year.