Trail users to see improvements


JAY – Walkers and bicyclists will see vast improvements along 2.2 miles of the Jay end of the 14-mile Whistle-Stop Trail in Franklin County.

The multiuse trail for nonmotorized and motorized travel was built on an old railroad bed that runs from Jay to West Farmington. Plans are to expand the trail along the old railroad bed in the future to connect areas along the way.

Members of the Jay, Livermore and Livermore Falls Chamber of Commerce checked out the new sign Friday that was erected last fall marking the head of the trail or the end of the trail, depending on where one starts.

The sign is stationed along French Falls Lane, which runs beside the Knights of Columbus Hall in Jay. Verso Paper is allowing trail users to park in its French Falls family recreation area that abuts the Androscoggin River, chamber member Alison Hagerstrom said.

About $96,000 in state and federal money, coming from snowmobile and all-terrain vehicle recreational management funds and a recreational trails program, was invested in the Jay end of trail last fall, Skip Varney, a senior planner with the Maine Department of Conservation off-road vehicle division, said Friday.

Areas have been reditched, new culverts installed and resurfaced with gravel that will make it better suited for pedestrian and bicycle use. Those on all-terrain vehicles may start using the trail again as of May 30, according to a posted sign on the trail.

There already is approximately 4.5 miles completed from West Farmington to Wilton, with parking areas in both towns.

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