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Old 01-08-2020, 09:58 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I’ve heard from people involved with clubs that the state will own the rail bed by this spring at the latest. They said that the bridge in north anson will need to be redecked because the bridge timbers are rotted.
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From Maine.biz:

"The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry will receive $436,000 to buy a 32-mile rail corridor to be developed as a multi-use trail. The project will connect six towns in Kennebec and Somerset counties, become the main artery for ATV and snowmobile trail systems, and eliminate unsafe water crossing for trail users."



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Any word on the railroad bridge in Norrigdewock , would be nice if it was part of the plan rather than having to ride across the concrete monster
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Old 01-10-2020, 10:43 PM   #14 (permalink)
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They’ve said that we will be able to use the bridge next year. Not just the one in North anson but the madison bridge too. And possibly norridgewock as well. The whole project will likely take 2 years to finish.
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The norridgewock railroad bridge is part of the trail project. But that bridge needs quite a bit of structural work to be ready to cross. they said it will take longer to finish it than the madison and north anson bridges.
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Old 01-18-2020, 05:57 PM   #16 (permalink)
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The state is going to start taking up the railroad tracks and redecking the bridges this spring/summer. They will start in north anson and work south from there down to oakland. the entire project will probably take 2 years to complete, but the bridge in north anson should be open next season.
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Will this rail bed connect to the one in Bingham
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I Looked at the north anson bridge recently, the barrier on the bridge is welded straight to the steel tracks and would need someone with a set of cutting torches to get it off there. The wooden bridge timbers are in bad condition, most of them are rotted and some move when stepped on. They are going to have to completely replace the bridge decking when they start work on the trail this summer.
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I’ve been told the the anson club plans to be using the north anson railroad bridge next winter. The state should own the railbed this spring or summer and the north anson bridge is the 1st bridge they will start on. The bridge in Madison could also be open next year but the norridgewock bridge will likely not be open until 2 years from now.
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