June 24, 2018
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Millinocket leaders almost ready to move on trail project

By Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff

Editor’s Note: This article is part of a feature called Follow-up in which BDN staff update stories from the past to inform readers of the ongoing effects of subjects covered in the initial reports and any new developments.

MILLINOCKET, Maine — Construction of a multiuse recreational trail along Millinocket Stream might begin this summer as town and state officials are reviewing bids for the work, Town Manager Eugene Conlogue said.

Conlogue said he plans to bring the bids to the Town Council for review when it meets at 4:30 p.m. Thursday. Councilors also are expected to vote on whether to allocate its portion of funds for the project, according to an agenda for the meeting.

“We are getting close to the awarding of the bid,” Conlogue said Friday.

The town contracted with the Maine Department of Transportation in October 2009 to build the trail, which will run about eight-tenths of a mile along both sides of the stream between Stearns High and Granite Street schools.

The town’s plan calls for spending $500,000 in federal grants, $80,625 in DOT funds and $44,375 in municipal funds, of which some will be in-kind work done by town workers. The federal grants were left over from an earlier project that never materialized.

Councilors have said they expected the project would beautify downtown while providing a tourist draw and a recreational outlet.

Katahdin Paper Co. LLC donated nine small parcels of land — plus the playground in the Little Italy section of town — in December to allow town officials to keep the trail as conceived, company officials have said.

James W. Sewall Co. of Old Town is overseeing the design and construction of the trail.

The project had been delayed for several reasons, including the lack of the donated parcels and final project approval from the DOT, officials have said.

The project will feature a dual trail system, with a paved area for walkers, joggers and bicyclists and a separate gravel area for ATV riders.

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