In Bladerunner , one of the synthetic protagonists complaining of his short life which he can do nothing to fix says, “Ever had an itch that you can’t scratch?” Well that is true when it comes to a little short stretch of the rail trail network that isn’t finished.
And yet, it is the link that makes everything come together!
The Ghost Trail ends rather unceremoniously at Rabbit Road. To travel over to the Amesbury Rail Trail, you must travel along a dangerous section of busy Route 110, go under Route 95, dodge cars to get to the Stop n Shop Plaza where you can finally link back up to the trail. Your life expectancy is tenuous at best!
And yet, there is a clear opening under Route 95 that just lies there. To avoid opening old wounds, I won’t get into the particulars but a self-centered property owner blocked the use of this obvious connector. Could care less about the safety of trail users and their families and blocked the way. It has taken the advocacy of our local legislators all the way to the State House to unblock the way.
Well, tonight is the public hearing at the Amesbury Senior Center in the Provident Room at 7:00 as they make way to finally promote safety and clear the way.
Busy schedule – can’t make it at such a last minute? Don’t sweat it. The following document is available which has a section that you can submit up to ten days afterward with your comments.
People! Whether it’s the Amesbury Rail Trail, Clipper City Rail Trail, or the Ghost Trail or the Gloria Braunhardt Bike Trail or the Salisbury Marsh Trail or even the Whittier Bridge Trail – it all falls apart unless this one link is glued in!
Take the time to attend or to mail your support so that the trail network that has been in the process of becoming reality becomes a Great Trail Network.
Isn’t that the corner lot that the Amesbury mayor and council want to keep open for development? (Daily News Article today). Is there a way to keep the under-highway passage open, yet have the Ghost trail end up closer to the Amesbury riverwalk trail, while leaving that fairly busy corner open for development?
Did you read the document?