Potential extension to Chugnut Trail

By Perry Russom

February 19, 2014 Updated Feb 19, 2014 at 12:49 AM EDT

Endicott, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A multimillion dollar trail could be coming to Endicott.

It would be an extension to the Chugnut Trail that currently ends by the Vestal Avenue Bridge.

The extension would stretch from the bridge three miles down the Susquehanna River and up Nanticoke Creek.

It would end at Glendale Park on Glendale Drive in West Corners.

Although it's been requested by the public, not everyone is fully on board.

"Is it a good proposal? Technically, yeah," said Endicott Deputy Mayor Dave Baker. "Is it something that we can probably do? I don't know. Depends on how much it's going to cost."

The estimate on how much the trail extension would cost is a little less than $3 million, but it would be paid for through federal funds and other grants, according to project planners.

"We're eliminating positions in the village because we can't afford to pay people's salaries, so we should build a nice trail that costs money? That's kind of a tough one to justify," said Baker.

Planners said taxpayers would not have to pay for the construction of the trail, but some homeowners worried they would have to foot the bill for maintenance of the trail in the future.

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