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2014 RTP Achievement Awards

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Winners have been announced for the 2014 "Annual Achievement Awards" in recognition of outstanding use of Recreational Trails Program (RTP) funds. The awards ceremony hosted by the Coalition for Recreational Trails was held in Washington, D.C. on June 11, 2014 at U.S. House of Representatives offices. The awards are part of annual efforts by national trails and outdoor recreation organizations to promote the importance of RTP funding to States across America.

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Merrimack County Four-Season Northern Rail Trail (New Hampshire)

Accessibility Enhancement

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All 34 miles of the trail were resurfaced to allow for four-season access


This project involved resurfacing of the entire 34 miles of the Northern Rail Trail in Merrimack County to make a four-season trail.

The previous surface of railroad ballast rock made a trail that could only be used in the winter by snowmobilers and cross-country skiers, because it was so difficult to walk, ride a bike or use wheelchairs on the rocks. A citizens' action group, The Friends of the Northern Rail Trail in Merrimack County, worked from 2005 to change the trail surface to become a "hardpack" treadway. This work was accomplished using one Transportation Enhancement grant and nine RTP grants from 2005 through 2013. A final RTP project in 2014 will finish the remaining 3 miles.
The new surface is sufficiently smooth and hard for use by individuals in wheelchairs.


For more information:

Charles F. Martin
Friends of the Northern Rail Trail in Merrimack County
143 Rowell Hill Road
New London, NH 03257
Phone: (603) 545-7203

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The work was accomplished using nine RTP grants between 2205 and 2013


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