Trail construction on target

Geotextile fabric is laid down on the trail.

Geotextile fabric is laid down on the trail. — Robert McWilliams photo

Since a groundbreaking three weeks ago, there has been “significant” progress made on the new half-mile section of the Norwalk River Valley Trail in Wilton, according to a press release.

So far, Timber & Stone, LLC.’s five-man crew has removed hazardous trees along the trail line, excavated 1,700 feet of trail and laid 700 feet of base. Timber & Stone is the same company that built the NRVT Wilton sections in 2014.

The trail builders and designers expect to finish excavating and to have laid another 1,300 feet of base by the end of this week, with hand edging work, such as pulling roots and smoothing, to continue.

Timber & Stone’s Gordon Adams excavates the trail. — Hayden Turek photo

Timber & Stone’s Gordon Adams excavates the trail. — Robert McWilliams photo

Their progress is partially attributable to the help of volunteers who sacrificed their days-off on Saturday, June 27, to help kick-start the construction process with a work day that followed a groundbreaking ceremony.

Josh Ryan, owner and founder, Timber & Stone, LLC. was impressed with their efforts and was even surprised at the quality of what they were able to accomplish.

“It was a great day,” he said. “That was by far one of the most motivated volunteer groups we’ve worked with. We didn’t need to go back and redo anything!”

Heather Furman of Timber & Stone collects leaves for later use. — Hayden Turek photo

Heather Furman of Timber & Stone collects leaves for later use. — Robert McWilliams photo

If all goes to plan, the new section, which will extend Wilton’s “east-side loop” from Sharp Hill Road to near Twin Oak Lane, as well as a 500-foot trail along the south side of Horseshoe Pond, will be completed by the end of August. This will depend on the weather.

Tax-deductible contributions to the NRVT may be sent to “The Friends of the NRVT,” P.O. Box 174, Georgetown, CT 06829, or made by clicking the “Donate” button on the NRVT website (nrvt-trail.com). The NRVT will build past the new section up to the area of Skunk Lane if it can raise an additional $250,000 by the end of the year.

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