Organized in 2008, the MWV Rec Path Committee has been working for many years to bring a multi-use, non-motorized, recreation trail. Now, the group says that they are less than two years away from completion with the construction bids having been advertised on August 3rd 2021.
MWV Trails Association President Chris Meier noted that the Rec Path Committee has been meeting bi-weekly with New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) and the Town of Conway for the past six months to finalize the engineering and permits. Now with NHDOT approval, the MWV Trails Association can finally start the construction process on what will be a 2.9 mile paved path running from Hemlock Lane (near Walmart) to the base of Cranmore Mountain.
Town Engineer Paul DegliAngeli has said that they had hoped to bid this project last year in September of 2020, but that plan was derailed by NHDOT, which cited a right-of-way issue near Thompson Road. Ultimately, progress had slowed due to a complication brought on by the now defunct Conway Bypass project. Back in March, DegliAngeli has said that he feared entities that had made pledges to the Rec Path capital fund would lose faith and withdraw support if work didn’t get going. Meier confirmed this when telling the Conway Daily Sun that one $35,000 grant had fallen through, but he did confirm that MWV Trails Association is in the process of reapplying.
To date, the MWV Rec Path has raised $2.6 Million and it is estimated the paved path will cost $2.3 Million. The target completion date is estimated for June 2023, with construction set to begin later this Fall. Visit mwvrecpath.org to learn more!