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Heritage Trail construction slated for this week


May 23, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — A long-awaited project is scheduled for Saturday, June 4, as construction will begin on the last incomplete section of the Heritage Trail, which is part of the larger Titanic Rail Trail.

This phase of construction will expand the Heritage Trail from its current terminus (approximately 2,000 feet from the West Street School) to Marjorie Lane, which will increase the trail an additional 1,110 feet. When completed, this trail will allow users to walk from the West Street School through Westville Park and up to the Ed Calcutt Bridge.

Funding for this $36,000 project comes from a partnership between the Recreation Trails Grant program of the Mass Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Clair Birtz Trust, and the Town of Southbridge. Donations are also being received from Pioppi Construction, Bertin Engineering and East Acres Farm.

"Plans for this project have been in the works for several years now, and the town has tried to apply for a DCR grant many times," said Park Ranger and Sturbridge Tree Warden Tom Chamberland. "We are hoping the project will be completed later this summer."

June 4 is also the American Hiking Society's National Trails Day (NTD), and this Southbridge trail project is one of several NTD events in the area. The towns of Sturbridge and Brimfield, as well as the Army Corps of Engineers, will be holding morning work projects and also conducting family friendly trail hiking events in the afternoon. All work projects will go until noon, and projects will take place regardless of the weather. Afternoon trail hikes will be cancelled in case of rain.

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

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