Sunday, July 27, 2008

Path To Nowhere Will Soon Lead Somewhere --

Path To Nowhere Will Soon Lead Somewhere --

Farmington Valley Greenway

THE FARMINGTON VALLEY Greenway will soon continue across the Salmon Brook after an abandoned railroad bridge is restored. (PATRICK RAYCRAFT / HARTFORD COURANT / August 19, 2003)

EAST GRANBY — - A missing link in the Farmington Valley Greenway, the bridge over Salmon Brook, won't be missing much longer. Money is now in place to pay for fixing the bridge that had been part of a rail line from New Haven into Massachusetts. The greenway is popular among the self-propelled.

Volunteers planning a Farmington-to-Massachusetts bike route 16 years ago knew that restoring the old Salmon Brook bridge would be a challenge. Five years ago they began a fund drive aimed exclusively at the project.

This month, their work paid off: Local voters approved a plan that uses mostly federal funds and private donations to reopen the abandoned railroad bridge for bicyclists, skaters, rollerbladers and pedestrians.

"It's been an incredibly long haul," says R. Bruce Donald, president of the Farmington Valley Trails Council. "There were board members and donors working selflessly on this years ago. Things are happening now, but that's because of what those people did."

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