An important part of many of our Eastern Trail development campaigns is the Feasibility Study Process. Concept plans and feasibility studies help to create the vision for a trail project, evaluate the project’s potential and establish guidelines for its implementation. The process works closely with local organizations and elected officials, holding community meetings, workshops and training sessions as necessary to achieve these objectives. The feasibility study helps us to establish a clear framework for a project’s implementation following the concept plan and feasibility phase, including the sources of and schedule for funding, and project management.
This process has several important components:
- The defined purpose, which defines the specific trail development effort that is being undertaken
- The focus of the study, including study limits and challenges
- One or more public meeting, which often identify the study area limits, review the existing conditions within the study area, and solicit input from the community to help guide the alternatives evaluation process and better understand local ideas or concerns.
A feasibility study involves many important partners, including but not limited to municipalities within the study area, the Eastern Trail Alliance (ETA), Eastern Trail Management District (ETMD), Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT) and a third party hired to help conduct the feasibility study. Studies are part of a Public Partnership Initiative (PPI) between the Municipalities, the Eastern Trail, and MaineDOT. The PPI process encourages soliciting the valuable input of local residents, businesses, and other stakeholders to better understand the needs of the community.
Two Feasibility Studies are currently under way:
- ET Feasibility Study for Biddeford/Saco. An online public meeting for this study was held November 30th, 2021. Go here for more information on what was covered at this meeting.
- ET Feasibility Study for North Berwick, Wells, and Kennebunk. An online public meeting for this study was held November 4th, 2021. Go here for more information on what was covered at this meeting.