ELLSWORTH — The city of Ellsworth is teaming up with the Ellsworth Snowmobile Club to get a bridge erected over Leonard Lake for both snowmobile and pedestrian use.
Hancock County Sheriff Bill Clark said the club is applying for a Maine Department of Conservation grant with the city’s help.
Clark said the project fits “hand and glove with the city’s efforts to build a pedestrian trail around the city.”
A bridge over the Leonard Lake is critical for snowmobilers because the snowmobile trails in Ellsworth are west of the Union River, the sheriff said. The Downeast Rail to Trail snowmobile trails are east of the Union River.
“We need to get them through Ellsworth so we can get them on the western trails,” Clark said.
City Planner Michele Gagnon said the project has a good chance of receiving funding because the bridge would be connecting to the Downeast trail system the conservation department manages.
The bridge would be located near the city’s pump station on the Shore Road and cross over to Infant Street.
Bangor Hydro-Electric Co. and Tom Testa’s organization, the Downeast Heritage Rail Trust, have said they are willing to provide permits to establish trail routes.
The Ellsworth Snowmobile Club is meeting Sunday, Oct. 18, at noon at P.L. Jones at 203 Bucksport Road.
The club is hoping to attract new members, Clark said. It also plans to set up a fall trail maintenance schedule. There is a possibility that the bridge project could be finished in time for this winter’s snowmobile season, he said.