Work Begins on Pedestrian/Bike Trail

ELLSWORTH — The Maine Department of Transportation has begun clearing a 1.3-mile stretch from Route 179 to Birch Avenue for a pedestrian/bicycle trail.

R.F. Jordan & Sons Construction is the lead contractor and has begun clearing, said Stephen Hall, DOT engineer.

The $1-million project should be completed by Aug. 23.

The trail parallels a section of the rail line leased by Downeast Scenic Railroad for an excursion train, which runs seasonally between Washington Junction in Hancock and Ellsworth Falls.

A long-range plan is for the path to be linked to the 83-mile Sunrise Trail, which runs from Calais to Washington Junction.

City Planner Michele Gagnon said the trail has been in the works for several years.

Gagnon said the DOT initiated the project while Tim King was still city manager.

“We want it to eventually be linked to the whole trail system,” Gagnon said.

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