Vestal takes steps in Rail Trail expansion

By Jillian Marshall

October 9, 2013 Updated Oct 10, 2013 at 9:20 AM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The town of Vestal is taking steps to extend the Rail Trail at no cost to local taxpayers.

The Vestal Town Board accepted a bid Wednesday night to complete the second of five phases of renovating and extending the Rail Trail.

Procon Contracting LLC, of Vestal, had the lowest of six bids at $343,000.

The trail will be extended more than 1.5 miles from Castle Gardens to Main Street, adding to the already 2.1 miles of the popular workout trail.

"I come to the rail trail about four or five times a week to run," said Endicott resident Casey Wall. "I like it because it's not out on the road with traffic."

The funding for the extension comes from federal and state grants, meaning a match from local coffers isn't necessary.

"It'll give them another stretch that they can do and a little bit different scenery than they see up on the original trail," said Town Supervisor John Schaffer.

Shaffer said construction on the extension will start as soon as possible. The complete extension is expected to be finished by spring.

The Rail Trail is part of a larger longterm project aimed at connecting Ostiningo Park in the town of Dickinson to Owego.

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