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I meant to post this about five times in the last 2 weeks. I have been a little busy and I can count the number of times i have ridden my bike on one hand. I wanted to try out Derry’s new pavement..and the decision is that pavement is SWEET – no pavement is painful.
Derry has paved what looks like a bit over half their trail. Where the trail had originally led you inside a large culvert under Bowers Rd, it now veers off to one side and up and over the street through a new set of bollards, and continues unpaved on the other side of the road about 60 feet away.
The paved section is as sweet as Windham or Nashua River, nicely spaced room enough for people and bicycles to pass nicely. The unpaved section is actually much better than I had expected, the only unfriendly sections were either rocky or sandy. Quite navigable by wide tire bikes, but it would be inappropriate for children or any bicycles that aren’t designed for serious offroading.
When Derry finishes their pavement project and connects to Windham, it will serve as the anchor for Salem and Methuen’s eventually link up. I ride these sections and it breaks my heart that I can’t continue on for another leisurely 7 miles and end up at my own door.
Published: August 04, 2009 03:29 am
Derry bike path pavedDERRY — The first section of the town's bike path has been paved as
By Eric Parry
part of a $315,000 project.
The asphalt was laid two weeks ago and only minor cleanup work
remains, according to public works Director Mike Fowler.
The first paved section runs from Kendall Pond Road to Bowers Road.
When finished, the two-mile bike path will connect from downtown Derry
to the four-mile, paved bike path in Windham.
Fowler said he's pleased with the work completed so far and the rest
of that one-mile section should be done within the next two weeks.
Some grass needs to be planted and the shoulders of the trail graded,
Erich Whitney, president of the Derry Rail Trail Alliance, said the
group is raising money to pave the rest of the path but doesn't expect
that work to be completed this summer.
The group still needs to raise about $50,000 to finish the paving, he said.
To help pay for the rest of the work, Whitney said the Derry Rail
Trail Alliance has teamed up with similar groups in Salem and Windham
to apply for federal grants. If they can secure enough funding,
Whitney said he would like to fix a culvert beneath Bowers Road.
"It'd be nice to have a bigger tunnel so people don't have to duck
their heads," he said.
By Terry Date
Published: July 23, 2009 12:56 am
WINDHAM — Before pedaling over the Windham Rail Trail, bicyclists paused by an information kiosk they hope, someday soon, will display a trail route through three neighboring towns.
Members of the Southern New Hampshire Rail Trail Alliance want to make that hope a reality by securing a $1.3 million state transportation enhancement grant to build a paved trail connecting an 8-mile stretch from Old Rockingham Road in Salem north to Derry Center by the old train depot.
Derry bike trail to be built soon by Eric Parry
DERRY — Construction on the town’s bike trail should begin this month and the whole two-mile route should be completed by the end of summer.
The Town Council has given the Derry Rail Trail Alliance permission to begin building the first phase of the project from Kendall Pond Road to Bowers Road.
Derry Rail Trail Alliance President Erich Whitney said he expects the grading and paving on that stretch of the trail to begin soon and be completed within three weeks.
Salem is also working on extending the trail south through their town to the Methuen, Mass., line.
Bill Carter of the Salem Conservation Commission said the town is working on a transportation enhancement grant application to pave a one-mile stretch from the Windham line to Rockingham Road. The grant application is due by June 1. . . . .
I am available to go out and take casual walks on the trail (trash picking optional) Just to give you all an idea of what it out there on the trail right now, i have uploaded the images I took the other day.
If you haven’t looked lately I have a cache of Trail images on Flickr.
I also have some images from Salem, Derry and Windham and other trails.
worth reading • From the Rails to Trails Conservancy website, this case study for the completion of the trail system in the Manchester, New Hampshire region. The Salem-Lawrence section of track is mentioned on page 5. (download 19pps)
To say that the current regional pattern towards trail development in Southern
NH is alive and exciting would be an understatement. Here are just a few of
the current projects already underway:
• Salem NH: Studies and engineering plans are being developed to convert the abandoned Manchester / Lawrence Railroad bed to a Bike/Ped Trail that will connect
with the completed trail in Windham and could eventually travel south to
• Windham, NH: An active group has completed and is maintaining its portion of the
North/South 4.1 Mile Lawrence/Manchester Rail bed as a Bike Pedestrian
Manchester Regional Trail System Case Study Page 6 Rail Trail. In the planning stages is the Windham greenways project that could eventually connect Windham to Nashua and Rochester via the East/West Worcester, Nashua, Rochester Railroad line.
• Derry, NH: Utilizing the Manchester/Lawrence abandoned rail bed, Derry has completed approximately 1 mile of paved rail trail with phase two in the planning stages to create approximately 2 more miles and completing the connection to Windham. Derry is also working on the planning and designs for the completion of the Trail heading north to Londonderry.
• Londonderry, NH: The town is actively studying and planning the creation of its portion of the Manchester/Lawrence Rail bed to connect to Manchester and Derry. Londonderry has several local trails that are maintained and created by the Londonderry Trailways organization.
A thoroughfare from here to Manchester would be very exciting and linking up to points south would bring a stream of travelers right through the center of the city. Imagine folks coming INTO downtown Methuen instead of just trying to pass right through?
The Derry Rail Trail Starts from behind the Depot Steakhouse on West Broadway, it terminates at Windham Road where it connects to the Windham Trail.
It is paved for much of it, as is the rest of Derry downtown Bike Loop, but even the unpaved section is walkable and even bikeable, if you don’t mind a few rocks and sandy spots. Given that it is flat and straight, it was surprisingly navigable on my 40 year old bike.
I did get stumped by the culvert though, the road rises up across the path like a stile, but the mountain bikers have conveniently carved ways around even that.
I cannot wait until the Derry Rail Trail Alliance has completed their fund drive, this Derry/Windham conduit is a lovely way to spend a late afternoon.