More lovely video from our friend Steve Albert
9:00 AM there will be a group walk going NORTH Using the Salem Trail!
Join us for both or either!
If any MRTA members can make it to this meeting
Dave’s group needs our support.
Salem Board of Selectmen’s meeting this coming Monday, October 1, 7:00 pm, at the Salem Town Hall, 33 Geremonty Drive
the sooner they get Iron Horse here, the sooner they will fix what’s wrong with our trail.
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Subject: Friends of Salem Bike-Ped Corridor welcome Iron Horse Preservation Society to town
After years of discussion, planning, paperwork, and meetings, we are at the final approval stage for the Iron Horse Preservation Society (IHPS) to start construction of the Salem Bike-Ped Corridor. You are cordially invited to learn more details about the project and implementation plans at the Salem Board of Selectmen’s meeting this coming Monday, October 1, 7:00 pm, at the Salem Town Hall, 33 Geremonty Drive. Your presence, and with a chance to speak in favor of the project, will help us win the final approval vote for the Town of Salem to sign the contract with IHPS so work can start next week.
The Friends of Salem Bike-Ped Corridor (FSBPC) have been working closely with NH-DOT, the Town of Salem, and IHPS for the past 2.5 years. The FSBPC presentation scheduled for Monday evening will conclude with a $25,000.00 donation to the Town of Salem for initial bike-ped corridor expenses not included in the basic construction work done for free by IHPS. The FSBPC has plans to obtain additional funding from private and corporate donors. No money is to come from Salem taxpayers or the State of NH.
A guest speaker at the Monday meeting will be Joe Hattrup, IHPS Chief Operating Officer / General Manager. Joe is highly involved in all IHPS projects including those just now being completed in Massachusetts. The work planned in Salem is a “first” in New Hampshire and should set a precedent for similar projects in other areas of the state. For more info about IHPS, visit their web site at http://www.ironhorsepreservation.org/.
Please come, see, hear, and offer your support for the Salem Bike-Ped Corridor project this Monday, October 1, 7:00 pm at the Salem Town Hall. A good representation of supporters will mean a lot as the press and general public will be waiting and watching to see what happens next.
Take care, and I hope to see you Monday evening!
Dave Topham, Co-Chair
Friends of Salem Bike-Ped Corridor
This months issue of the Hippo includes a trail by trail breakdown of the Granite State Rail trail system north of Methuen’s trail < Click here to read the issue online >
On October 22nd the first general public meeting of the Salem Bike-Ped Corridor project was held at the Salem High Auditorium. The presentation laid out the scope of the five mile Salem project, which has been broken into four sections. Short presentations where made by representatitves of the Windham and Derry trails, to tease the Salem supports with what they can look forward to. The highlight was when Greg Bakos of Vanasse Hangen Brustlin engineering firm presented satellite imagery with the trail demarked. Salem’s trail looks like it will be a charming mixture of greenspaces and sidewalks, opening up the entire length of Rt 28 shopping district to daily non-auto travelers.
Methuen really does need to get in on this well before this project is in its advanced phase. The trail head at Hampshire St has already been targeted for a parking area and trail access point. Adding the 1.4 mile access to the downtown methuen, will make it easy for folks to get up to Salem using this corridor and also invite travelers to continue their journey all the way into Methuen center.