Vt. Selectman Wants to Stop Work on $1.7 Million Bike Path

Fri September 25, 2009 - Northeast Edition

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) A Vermont selectman is taking his concerns about a long-proposed bike path to the federal government.

Jim Rust of St. Johnsbury said he wants to stop work on the estimated $1.7 million project, which has already cost approximately $600,000. St. Johnsbury is responsible for 10 percent of costs.

The Caledonian Record reported he sent a letter to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood asking that St. Johnsbury be allowed to abandon the path without bearing responsibility for federal grant repayment.

Rust said the less than 2-mi. (3.2 km) path starts at a lumber yard; goes through an electric substation and industrial brownfields; passes the waste water treatment plant; goes over rail lines and through an abandoned rail tunnel that exits by a dump; and ends at a bridge abutment.

Rust requested a chance to meet with LaHood.