ENGS 86 Independent Projects (AB Students)

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Year of Graduation


Faculty Advisor

Laura Ray

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Publication Date

Spring 5-29-2019


In July of 2018, the Mascoma River Greenway (MRG), a 2.2-mile rail trail extending from Downtown Lebanon, NH to Glen Road in West Lebanon, NH, was completed with the help of the MRG Coalition, the Friends of the Northern Rail Trail, Lebanon Recreation and Parks, and members of the City of Lebanon. Initially, this trail was proposed to extend from Downtown Lebanon to Downtown West Lebanon and White River Junction (WRJ). With pushback from the State of New Hampshire to lease the City of Lebanon recreational usage to the New Hampshire State Department of Transportation (NHDOT) owned rail corridor, the project was halted at Glen Road in West Lebanon, NH. In the fall of 2018 and winter of 2019, Group 17: Mascoma River Greenway Extension of ENGS 89/90, came up with the plans to continue to extend the trail by narrowing down different route alignments to one proposed route. This project builds upon Group 17’s work, to propose three different options for the final section of the ideal trail alignment that was proposed during their project. Using research of bike lanes in bike-friendly cities, ideas from past similar projects, research on house zoning rights, and field work on the desired area, three route options accommodating bike lanes were evaluated and decided upon. Additional work was also done to gain more community involvement with the MRG. This project suggests three route options to the residential area, from Maple Street through Dana Street, of the final section of the proposed trail alignment from Westboro Yard to the bridge crossing the Connecticut River on Bridge Street.