Thursday, February 26, 2015

Mike Castle Trail Phase 2 construction to start in a few weeks

Press Release -- February 26, 2015

Final phase of Michael N. Castle Trail to begin in early March at the C&D Canal

St. Georges -- Delaware's Department of Transportation (DelDOT) and Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) today announced that the final phase of the Michael N. Castle Trail Project at the C&D Canal will begin in early March. The final phase, consisting of open-end construction services, is scheduled to be completed within 75 calendar days and will extend from the Maryland border to Guthrie Run.

This $190,856.10 phase of the total contract of $3,092,329.40 was awarded to GrassBusters Landscaping Inc., of Newark, who submitted the lowest of seven bids. Once completed, the trail will extend the full 16 miles from Delaware City to Chesapeake City, Maryland.

The scenic stretch along the canal bank will serve as a multi-use pathway, designed to accommodate pedestrians, bicyclists, anglers and equestrians; offering recreational activities including hiking, running and cycling on the trail.

Managed by DNREC's Division of Fish & Wildlife as part of the C&D Canal Conservation Area, and part of the First State Trails and Pathways Initiative initiated by Governor Jack Markell, the project is a partnership led by DelDOT and DNREC with regional and local organization and government partners.  [Check out the official press release ...]

Above: Phase 1 of the Mike Castle Trail, built in 2013. Phase 2 completes the path between Delaware City and Chesapeake City Maryland.

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