all photos:  Rob McWilliams

Steering committee members at the Norwalk River Valley Trail (NRVT) report “significant progress” has been made on construction of the new 0.5 miles of the east-side “Wilton Loop” trail (Sharp Hill Rd. to near Twin Oak Ln.). That progress has been made in just two weeks since a groundbreaking ceremony and work day for this year’s Loop projects  held on Saturday, June 27.

Josh Ryan is the manager of Timber and Stone, LLC, the trail building and design company that built the original NRVT sections in Wilton in 2014.  He paid tribute to the work day volunteers who cleared a half-mile of trail line.

“It was a great day,” he said. “That was by far one of the most motivated volunteer groups we’ve worked with. We didn’t need to go back and redo anything.” Timber & Stone’s crew of five men and women has since made the following progress:

  • Hazard trees along the trail line have been removed.
  • 1,700 feet of trail has been excavated.
  • Approximately 700 feet of base has been laid (geotextile fabric plus 3/4” Minus gravel to a depth of 4-6 inches).

This week, beginning Monday, July 13, Timber and Stone expects to complete excavation of the full 0.5 miles, and to have laid 2,000 feet of base. Hand edging work (pulling roots, smoothing etc.) will continue. Depending on continuing favorable weather, the overall target is to complete the new sections by the end of August, reports steering committee member Rob McWilliams.

In addition, on the west side of the Loop, the crew is working on building a trail along the south side of Horseshoe Pond.

The new trail has been made possible by generous donations from the community. The NRVT plans next to extend the east-side loop as far as Skunk Lane. NRVT officials say that if an additional $250,000 can be raised, that goal may be achievable in 2015 and early 2016.

For anyone interested in contributing to the NRVT, tax-deductible contributions may be sent to “The Friends of the NRVT,” P.O. Box 174, Georgetown, CT 06829, or made via the Donate button on the NRVT website.

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