Blazing the Trail South

The Eastern Trail - Here We Come! Concentrating on our Southern FrontierBLAZING THE TRAIL SOUTH

Kennebunk to South Berwick

When complete, Blazing the Trail South will add 19 miles and extend a current 6.2 mile off road section of the ET providing over 25 miles of off road trail connecting 7 communities in the most densely populated region in the state (Greater Portland, Cumberland and York Counties) providing a safe and convenient facility for bicycle commuters, recreational riders, walkers, and wheelchair users, for transportation, health and enjoyment.

Blazing a Trail South - Kennebunk, Wells, N. Berwick, S. BerwickThis extension will promote trail-associated economic development in York and Cumberland Counties by providing a safe and scenic transportation and recreation corridor forming connections between towns as a thread to promote regional cooperation in economic and tourism development plans. Kennebunk: Mousam River embankment - beautiful and ready for workKennebunk: Mousam River embankment - beautiful...and ready for workBased on the 2018 ETA Economic Impact Study data, over 251,000 annual visitors visited 22 miles of the off-road ET and spent roughly $200 per person for soft and hard goods plus equipment rentals.

Funding will be a combination of Federal and State allocations with the required 20% match coming from a combination of municipal, foundations and private sources.
To raise this 20% required match, the ETA/ETMD together with the individual municipalities will embark on a fundraising campaign similar to the model first used for the successful Close the Gap campaign in Scarborough reaching out to individuals, corporations and foundations.

More overview details on this project can found found on this printable BTTS Fact Sheet.

Here are some specific status details for the communities involved in the BTTS project:

Wells Box CulvertWells: Box Culvert under Rt. 109 - Done!KENNEBUNK AND WELLS

  • The towns of Kennebunk and Wells are in the early stages of planning for their sections of the trail, having set aside the funds needed for that purpose. They also provided the matching funds required for the Private Public Partnership program and received funding from Maine DOT to cover 7 of the 11 miles of the route’s survey work.
  • The Eastern Trail Alliance (ETA) and Eastern Trail Management District (ETMD) are actively seeking funds for completing the balance of the survey in Wells. Once this step is completed, the project can move on to final design and permitting.
  • As of December 5, 2018 $46,500 has been received toward the survey. By December 31 we will know the status of the remaining outstanding $5,000 grant proposal and will have received all the $ from the ETA’s annual appeal which is dedicated to this project.
  • Once funding for the survey is secured, the towns will proceed with the survey work and, together with ETA & ETMD, seek funding for design and permitting.

NORTH BERWICK

  • ETMD met with North Berwick Town Manager and representatives from Pratt & Whitney, Hussey Seating and Pike Industries in May and November 2018 to discuss feasibility of off road route, alternatives and outline a plan of action. There is strong industry support and interest in moving forward on these 3 miles.
  • N. Berwick near Pratt WhitneyN. Berwick near Pratt Whitney - already a good place for a strollETMD identified three alternative routes that would combine on and off road sections should the totally off road route not be feasible.

SOUTH BERWICK

  • ETMD will be meeting with South Berwick Town Manager and council in December 2018 to discuss the proposed off road route and outline a plan of action.
  • There is strong support and interest in moving forward on these 5 miles. First step might be moving forward with the town to seek funding for an updated existing conditions survey.

Use the Donate button below to pay by Credit Card, or via a PayPal Account. 
If you prefer to pay by check, please send a check to: Eastern Trail Alliance - P.O. Box 250 - Saco, ME 04072 and please indicate BLAZING THE TRAIL SOUTH on the memo line


BTTS MapEastern Trail Kennebunk to South Berwick S. Berwick: near Emerys BridgeS. Berwick: near Emerys Bridge & Agamenticus Rd. - Looks bike-ready, no?

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