Early Winter 2015 23 Its been a long process to get where we are today but we are happy to announce that the LVRT will be ready for this winters riding. 1A which runs from St. Johnsbury to the other side of Joes Pond in West Danville has been completed. All of the bridges have been redecked the trail laid down and the only thing left is for the snow to fall. FEMA has finished up their work as well and has moved on to fixing up another washout in Hardwick. Over on 1B running from Morrisville to Cambridge Junction the crew has been out working hard to get the trail ready. The last of the bridges is being redecked while railings are being put up on the others. The universally accessible road crossings are being poured in place and the signs are being installed. The crew made the final touches to the trail surface at the end of November. With Phases 1A and 1B completed it is time to get out and enjoy the trail while we begin to plan for future construction. The next steps are the large bridge over the Lamoille River in Cambridge Junction and then on to Phase 1C which runs from Sheldon Junction through to Swanton. Next summer FEMA will be working on fixing two large washouts in Highgate.While the repairs are happening we will be out scouting the trail and conducting our final design in preparation for construction in 2017. Throughout the construction of 1A and 1B there were many lessons learned. Some structures needed more work than initially anticipated while other areas needed less work Repairs have been completed on the Morrisville washout. or materials. We are happy with the end result and we look forward to applying all our gained knowledge to make 1C and future sections of trail the best that they can be. As we enjoy what we hope to be another great winter for snowmobiling we are also excited to be planning for our official ribbon cutting ceremonies and the kick-off of our capital campaign this spring. As we near the end of the initial federal earmark we are gearing up to raise the necessary funds to complete the project and bring the LVRT to all the communities that the rail corridor travels through. We cannot wait to have this project complete but until then we are happy to celebrate our success to date and say to you all Welcome to the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail PROGRESS REPORT by Shane Prisby VAST Trails Manager LVRT Project Manager FEMA will be working on this washout site on 1C in Highgate next summer. Walt Bigelow and Don Glover install signs in Danville.