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Many articles about the Eastern Trail are organized on this news archives page.  The most recent articles appear immediately below, with the first part of each article displayed. Click on any article title, or the "Read More.." link to read the full text of that article. A list of additional article titles appears at the bottom of the page.



Eastern Trail Management District Newsletter - Spring 2012

The Eastern Trail Management District (ETMD) is a group of representatives from each Eastern Trail town that manages the construction and upkeep of the trail. Below is ETMD's Spring 2012 newsletter:

Eastern Trail Construction Update in East Coast Greenway E-Newsletter

Construction Complete on Saco-Old Orchard Beach Section of Maine's Eastern Trail

Ed.'s note: This story about the Eastern Trail about the ET's Saco-Old Orchard Beach section tops the New England Regional Update portion of the January 2012 East Coast Greenway Alliance E-Newsletter. 

ecg_mastheadThe Eastern Trail Alliance announced that construction is now complete along its newest section of trail, which stretches from Thornton Academy in Saco to Milliken Mills Road in Old Orchard Beach and includes a bridge that spans Route 1 in Saco just north of Ross Road.

This newest success, coming just four months after the opening ceremony for the Eastern Trail Turnpike Bridge just north of Exit 25 in Kennebunk, is certainly cause for celebration. The Saco-OOB section’s 4.4 miles provides another crucial link in the development of a 65-mile greenway in southern Maine. With the completion of this new section, 85 percent of the trail is now developed off-road north of Kennebunk.

Read the Full ECGA article online here.

Eastern Trail Alliance and East Coast Greenway keeps us truckin' January 26, 2012 2:00 AM

The Eastern Trail Alliance got its start in 1980. The idea was to provide a 65-mile public access trail from Portland to Kittery. The completion of the pedestrian bridge over I-95 in Kennebunk is testament to the hard work and successful forging of partnerships with local, state, and federal entities.

ETA has expanded its goals and is now a part of the East Coast Greenway, a trail system that stretches 3,000 miles from coastal Maine to Key West, Fla.


Two Major Awards Honor ETA Emeritus President John Andrews

Two major organizations in Maine, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, and the Biddeford/Saco Chamber of Commerce, bestowed honors in January 2012 on John Andrews, the founder and President Emeritus of the Eastern Trail Alliance.

Bicycle Coalition of Maine logoBiddeford Saco Chamber logoThe Bicycle Coalition of Maine honored John Andrews with one of their annual awards for "individuals for their work to improve bicycling in Maine." The Biddeford/Saco Chamber of Commerce honored John with the William Kany Leadership Award.


Equestrian Use of the Eastern Trail

At a meeting with a group of equestrians on January 11, 2012, the Eastern Trail Municipal District lifted the moratorium on horseback riding on the Kennebunk-Arundel-Biddeford section of the Eastern Trial until March 1, 2012, with the understanding that members of the local equestrian community will work with the ETMD to define, by that date, a set of rules and responsibilities to govern their use of the trail, and which they would publicize and support to ensure that the trail can be maintained for all users.

The equestrian community plans on developing rules for equestrians use of the trail to present at the next ETMD meeting on February 8th. FMI, contact the ETA by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 207-284-9260.

Deirdre Fleming: Funding for projects may be headed to Maine

by Deirdre Fleming, Portland Press Herald, December 25, 2011

[Ed.'s Note: This article describes USM Professor Richard Barringer's tale of an outdoor funding windfall heading for Maine, one which might happen in 2012. Key Quote: "And in southern Maine this year, a windfall of bicycle and pedestrian grant cash allowed the East Coast Greenway, called the Eastern Trail here, to get a bridge over Interstate 95 in Kennebunk and another over Route 1 in Saco -- nearly turning it into a contiguous off-road trail through seven urban towns."]

Professor Richard Barringer likes to start at the beginning when he begins the tale of the outdoor funding windfall heading for Maine. But really, the good timing and hope in this story is in what could happen in 2012.

Either way, his story is one worth telling on Christmas Day.

Last year the University of Southern Maine professor handed a report he was commissioned to write by the New England governors to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar who, he said, passed it on to President Obama. And the chiefs at the helm of America's outdoors policy liked what they saw.


Report urges development of ‘recreation corridors,’ including 3 in Maine

By Kevin Miller, Bangor Daily News Staff
Posted Dec. 27, 2011, at 6:24 p.m.

ETA Web Note: This article provides broader coverage of a recent report commissioned for the National Park Service that is urging support for seven interstate “recreation corridors” in New England — including three in Maine (and including the Eastern Trail corridor) — as a way to reconnect people with the outdoors and spur economic development in riverfront and trailside communities.

A recent report commissioned for the National Park Service is urging support for seven interstate “recreation corridors” in New England — including three in Maine — as a way to reconnect people with the outdoors and spur economic development in riverfront and trailside communities.

The report is not calling for the creation of new national parks or large-scale acquisition of private land for conservation. Instead, the authors are seeking to build public and private support for the completion or expansion of canoe trails, multiple-use trails and other multistate projects that would benefit residents and draw tourists.


Fall 2011 Newsletter - Eastern Trail Alliance

Eastern Trail Gap Bridged

September 29, 2011

Eastern Trail gap bridged

The first-of-its-kind span over the Maine Turnpike completes a 6.2-mile stretch.

By Emma Bouthillette This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Staff Writer

KENNEBUNK - As John Andrews watched nearly 500 elementary school students cross the Eastern Trail Bridge over the Maine Turnpike during its official opening on Wednesday, all he could do was smile.

The bridge, solely for pedestrians and cyclists, is the first of its kind spanning the turnpike. It completes a 6.2-mile section of trail from Kennebunk to Biddeford, and Andrews called it "the biggest challenge" in building the trail.

"I'll tell you, I stand on that bridge and I really get choked up," now that it's finally complete, he said.

The $1.3 million bridge, funded by the Maine Turnpike Authority, is a key element in the alliance's mission to complete a 65-mile stretch of off-road trail from Kittery to Casco Bay.


ATVs not welcome on latest section of Eastern Trail

September 17, 2011
By Emma Bouthillette This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Staff Writer

BY EMMA BOUTHILLETTE; The Portland Press Herald

Pedestrians and bicyclists are welcome, but as construction wraps up on the latest section of the Eastern Trail, ATV riders are being reminded to stay off the pathway.

Reports of recent ATV use on new sections of the Eastern Trail in York County have prompted Facebook warnings and new signs on the trail to remind users that ATVs and snowmobiles aren't allowed.

The newest section of the trail, from Saco to Old Orchard Beach, will be ready for use by mid-November.


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