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Ongoing Bicycle & Walking Projects
The Mountain Division Trail
The Maine Mountain Division Trail (MDT) is a 6 mile, rail-with-trail built by MaineDOT along the abandoned Mountain Division Rail Corridor connecting the towns of Gorham, Windham, and Standish. This is the first section paved and open of the long term vision of the Mountain Division Alliance, Portland Trails and the Sebago to the Sea Coalition to connect Portland to Fryeburg for both Rail and Trail. MaineDOT currently owns the section between Fryeburg and Westbrook with hopes of acquiring the remaining section linking to Portland.
The Kennebec River Rail Trail
In partnership with the Friends of the Kennebec River Rail Trail and local municipalities, MaineDOT has recently completed the Kennebec River Rail Trail (7 miles), connecting Augusta, Hallowell, Farmingdale, and Gardiner along the MaineDOT owned Rail Corridor. This trail is one of the most heavily used in the state, because of its proximity and connectedness of the four downtown areas. There is currently an initiative in development to connect the Kennebec River Rail Trail to the Brunswick Bicycle Path by creating the Merrymeeting Trail (Gardiner to Topsham.) This 20-mile trail could eventually form part of the East Coast Greenway as a continuous 34-mile off-road bicycle/pedestrian facility along the Kennebec and Androscoggin Rivers.
The Down East Sunrise Trail
The Down East Sunrise Trail is being built along an 85 mile trail corridor that roughly parallels the Calais Branch rail line from Brewer to Calais. The Maine Department of Transportation and the Maine Department of Conservation are working together to develop the Calais Branch Rail Corridor Rehabilitation and Multi-Use Trail Project. This inter-agency effort will rehabilitate and preserve the rail corridor for future rail use as well as provide a wide, compact gravel base, multi-use trail for snowmobiles, ATVs, pedestrians, bicyclists, cross-country skiers, equestrians and many other outdoor enthusiasts. The trail will be built using the existing rail bed from Washington Junction to Ayers Junction. The two mile section from Ellsworth to Washington Junction will be a Rail with Trail along the existing trail corridor that runs adjacent to the rail. (Factsheet)
The Eastern Trail
The Eastern Trail is a multi-use, off-road trail that is being created as part of the East Coast Greenway long-distance urban trail project. The trail is currently located on-road and an interim route has been identified connecting Kittery to Calais. The new off-road sections are being built along the abandoned Eastern Railroad Corridor. MaineDOT has already constructed sections of the trail in South Portland, Scarborough, and Old Orchard Beach and trail connections to Saco, Biddeford, Arundel and Kennebunk are all in the final stages of development. The envisioned 57-mile trail will eventually connect Kittery to Portland and will become a crucial link on the East Coast Greenway’s 3,000-mile route between Florida and the Canadian border.
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