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."