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Johnnie Brook Trail Now Open!

The Richmond Trails Committee is very pleased to announce that the Johnnie Brook Trail in Richmond is now open for year-round use from the Huntington Road to where it joins the town maintained (unpaved) section of Johnnie Brook Road. So now you can walk, bike, jog or ski on this section of the Cross Vermont Trail between the Huntington Road and Route 2.

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The Trail is listed in LocalMotion's Trailfinder http://www.localmotion.org/trails (search under Richmond)

This project constitutes a significant link in the Cross Vermont Trail (CVT) which will provide 85 miles of 4-season multi-use trail providing safe access to schools, parks, and rivers (all apply to the Johnnie Brook Road Trail section). The CVT will connect with hiking, biking and skiing trails, connecting with three US States and the province of Quebec. Nearly all of the 17 towns along the CVT corridor have the Cross Vermont Trail listed as a priority in their Town Plans.

The trail bypasses a pedestrian- and bike-unfriendly section of Route 2 that includes a narrow bridge having only two 11' traffic lanes between its steel trusses with no sidewalk, the busy intersection with SH 117 (River Road) the I-89 interchange, all of which present substantial safety risks to bike and pedestrian traffic.

The Johnnie Brook Road Trail has been a work in progress for 8 years and was made possible primarily through hundreds of hours of volunteer effort.

Grant funding came from the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (via the Lake Champlain Basin Program), The Chittenden County Metropolitan Planning Organization, and the Town of Richmond.

In-kind donations to match our grant came from Reliance Steel Inc. of Colchester, Engineering Ventures (David Mitchell) of Richmond, Shattuck Welding of Richmond, and Lars Whitman of Richmond for backhoe work.

Other contributors include: transportation of materials and site work by Chuck Farr, Steven Libby and Stephen Wright, and Richmond Home Supply for supplies.

Updated May 22, 2009