RAILS TO TRAILS PROJECT HISTORY

1992

Gravel coat was placed on a one-mile segment of the Meridian Trail from Dern Road east.  The gravel was  donated by Nupac.


1998
The Somers Trail segment was built and paved.  It is 10 feet wide and 1 1/4 miles long.  It extends from Somers north to Highway 82.  This project was done by contract, using (CTEP) funds in cooperation with the City and County.


2000
The Highway 93 Project was built by the State Department of Transportation during the reconstruction of Highway 93 between Somers and Kalispell.  This trail follows Highway 93 from Highway 82 on the south end north to Ashley Creek on the north.  It was placed on the east of the old rail bed.  It is 10 feet wide and approximately 4 miles long.


2003
The Smith Valley Trail segment is 10 feet wide, paved, and approximately 3 miles long.  It was built with CETP funds.  Also paved with this project was the trail segment of the Meridian Trail from Dern road east to Meridian.


2003
Culverts were installed in the old rail bed from the Smith Valley school to Kila.  These were purchased with a grant from the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks.  The 14 culverts were placed with donated equipment and labor.


2004
Smith Valley to Kila Connector.  We removed sod from and graded about 2 miles of this 3-mile segment.  We also ran a packer over it.  This work was paid for by Rails to Trails.


2005
Great Northern segment.  This is was built in April 2005.  It connects two existing segments--between Dern Road, on the east, and Whalebone Drive, on the west.  The width is 10 feet.  CTEP funds were used.


2005
Smith Valley to Kila Connector.  We have graveled the same 2 miles that we graded in 2004.  The funding for this project is from a grant from the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks.  This segment will then be ready to pave.


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