Dan Newton, president of the Wateville Valley Athletic & Improvement Association (aka WVAIA) reports that work has begun on the final phase of the Mad River Trail project. The MRT was heavily damaged a year ago during Hurricane Irene’s three-day run up the east coast.
WVAIA subcontracted Jed Talbot from Off the Beaten Path, a professional trail building company out of Turner, Maine, to lead a crew of four, including Robert MacMahon and Chris Baker, trail workers who currently reside at the Mead Base Conservation Center in Sandwich, and WVAIA’s own, Dan Newton.
Last week all but one or two of the stepping stones have been placed, spanning the west branch of the Mad River. In the coming two weeks, stone stairs designed to support the river banks at either end of the stepping stones will be the focus of the work. The final week will concentrate on the stone stairs at the south end of the trail, and other incidental work, such as cribbing and the installation of some water bars.
Photos from Dan Newton.