We had a soil blowout last summer during the big rain on July 2, 2013. The ditches got filled in with dirt and water has been all over the trail making it very slippery. We decided to fix the blowout area with large boulders and do some surgical ditching to keep the water moving.
The first photo shows Key Construction filling in the erosion site with large boulders. This hole was caused by flash flooding this summer. Second photo shows the finished work. Ditches were cleaned on both sides of the trail near the washout. Hardpack was spread on the surface of the trail near the affected part of the trail. The 3rd photo shows some ditching with a backhoe. The fiber optic cable is somewhere below… nerve racking work The job is now done. We are working with the NHDOT next week to see if we can lessen the erosion effects of storm water on the trail.
The trail looks great ! It was first leveled and grass removed by a bulldozer for one mile. Then the trucks started to roll in each carrying 22 tons of hardpack from Boscawen NH. It took 750 tons to complete the trail. There were some wet areas that took 6 inches of material. The rest of the trail was covered with about 3inches. The material was graded and rolled as it came in. Edmunds did a great job! Got a nice quote from two professional looking bike riders as they tried the new section. They said “it looks like the autobahn” … maybe they took a wrong turn in Berlin
The City of Lebanon has removed the pile of soil that was deposited on the trail just west of Riverside Parking. A FNRT volunteer has opened the ditch with a shovel on the side where the soil was to allow water to drain from the area. If anyone sees a problem there please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank You
A local lawn service has mowed the sides of the rail trail from the Mascoma High School almost into Canaan. This was paid for by annual dues from the Friends of the Northern Rail Trail in Grafton County. We will also be resurfacing Potato Road out to the high bridge over the Indian River this fall. You can do your part to keep the trail great by becoming a member.
Alex from our sister rail trail organization in Merrimack County reported a tree down about a half mile east of Rt4 Bridge in Grafton. My wife Patti and I went to find this tree but thought the tunnel was in Canaan. We could not find the tree and
wondered if it really existed. We got the idea to ask through bikers .A biker from Maine said he saw it farther down the trail. We hoped in our truck and went down Rt4 to the bridge over Rt 4. We asked a couple from Lebanon if they had seen the tree…no luck. Finally after another mile walk we came up the tree.. We had it cut up and the brush removed within a half an hour. Thanks to Alex and the other bikers for helping us find the tree. Ken Warren Friends of the Northern Rail Trail