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Moore rep: Rail trail work ongoing

Work has 'made great progress'

Despite recent criticism to the contrary, representatives from the office of Sen. Richard T. Moore said this week that work is indeed being done on the rail trail in Southbridge and Dudley. (click for larger version)
March 15, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — Despite criticism on the progress of the rail trail, representatives from Sen. Richard T. Moore's office contend they are on the right track.

The first step in creating the trail came in September 2004, when the Commonwealth and Moore, who fronted the project, purchased the right of way of the abandoned Providence and Worcester Railroad. Costing $1.3 million, which was secured by Moore, this extended the project 11 miles from Southbridge to Webster.

After the sale, Moore established a regional advisory committee to work with the state's Executive Office of Transportation and the Department of Conservation and Recreation. This was established to plan for the future use of the railroad area.

In 2006, $200,000 was spent on the design and construction of the trail.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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