A Bridge to the Future of Rails to Trails in Milton
The bridge will be shored for structural safety as the area between Federal Street and Lavinia Street is included in Del-Dot's state-wide Rails-to-Trails project.
"Milton Rails to Trails project actually began two years ago with an $8,000 grant from Delaware Bike Council. The grant purpose was for feasibility study to extend phase 1 of Rails to Trails that extends Federal Street to Chestnut Street at this time," says Milton Town Manager, Kristy Rogers.
This is a million dollar project. Del-Dot is funding 80% and the town is responsible for 20%.
Senator Ernie Lopez is also contributing with a $100,000 funding commitment. "With my allocation of community transportation funds, I felt it really important to the people of Milton and also to the Cape region as a whole, especially those in our biking and our walking community to support this project and to get this railroad bridge taken care of so that we can have safe access for trail use in the Milton area," Lopez says.
The town is getting ready to file a grant for another $100,000 to keep its citizens from paying for the project. However, Del-Dot and the town do feel that public comment is necessary before this phase of construction begins because a portion of the trail will run behind some homes in Milton.
A public hearing for the project is set to take place early this fall and then the goal is for the project itself to begin in Spring 2019.
The town of Milton will certainly see more bikers and runners in their neck of the woods once this project is complete and the plan is to incorporate the trail into local runs.