Three new Greenway segments welcomed in June

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The latest extension of the Air Line State Park Trail features seven important crossings, including this tunnel at Modock Road, greatly enhancing connectivity in Connecticut.

Three new trail segments totaling 7 miles across three states earned official East Coast Greenway designation at the Alliance’s June Greenway Council Meeting. 

Thus far in 2021, seven safe, traffic-free segments have been added to the Greenway route, which surpassed 1,000 miles of protected pathways last year.   

The newly designated segments, from north to south, include:

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Swampscott Rail Trail (Phase 2), Swampscott, Massachusetts (0.1 miles): The latest addition to the Border to Boston Trail is an extension of last year’s Phase 1 of the Swampscott Rail Trail, a tree-lined, crushed stone pathway. Connecting to Phase 1 and onto the 4-mile Marblehead Rail Trail, Phase 2 begins at Beach Bluff Avenue and will eventually connect to the Swampscott MBTA rail station. 

Air Line State Park Trail, Pomfret to Putnam Connector, Connecticut (3.2 miles, pictured at top): Running from Pomfret Station to Town Farm Road in Putnam, this new connector is a key addition to the Air Line State Park Trail featuring seven important crossings - three tunnels, two bridges and two at-grade crossings - to greatly enhance connectivity in the region. The Air Line State Park Trail is now a 21.2-mile stone dust pathway connecting Putnam to Windham.

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St. Johns River to Sea Loop/East Central Regional Rail Trail, Volusia County, Florida (3.6 miles): The newest 3.6-mile stretch of the St. Johns River to Sea Loop extends the East Central Regional Rail Trail for 52 paved miles in Volusia County. The scenic, rural segment connects Gobbler’s Lodge to Guise Road.

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