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Transportation Heritage Trail

Project Overview

The City has approved the proposed design alternatives for the federally-funded Transportation Heritage Trail Project– Phase I.  This includes: 

  • Trail alignment along the Rail Corridor
  • Screening consisting of chain link fencing with slats
  • Implementation of Trailhead Alternative 1 including angled parking and one way traffic
  • Circulation through the parking lot, and
  • Surface Materials consisting of stone dust

The Transportation Heritage Trail (THT) long-term goal is to create a continuous trail connection between downtown Keene and the trail network in Swanzey. To accomplish this, the project will reuse three historic bridges to carry the trail across Rt. 101, the Branch River, and Swanzey Factory Road.  This first phase has a more modest goal of improving approximately 4,100 feet of railroad corridor and creating connections to adjacent neighborhoods between the current Eastern Avenue trailhead and Route 101.  We anticipate construction to begin in 2025.

CONTACT:  Don Lussier, City Engineer, Keene Public Works, 350 Marlboro Street, Keene, NH 03431

Documents and Links

Project resources, presentations, and additional links:

Communications and Notices

Tentative Phase One Project Schedule

2024 Winter - Engineering Study Phase/Public Meeting
2024 Spring/Summer - Preliminary Design Phase
2024 Fall - Permitting
2024 Fall/Winter - Final Design/Bid Documents
2024 Fall/Winter - Right-of-Way Process
2025 Summer - Construction

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Transportation Heritage Trail

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