Norwalk River Valley Trail makes progress in Wilton

A view of the Norwalk River,

A view of the Norwalk River,

The Friends of the Norwal River Valley Trail report continued progress on construction of the new 0.5 miles of east-side “Wilton Loop” (located at Sharp Hill Road to near Twin Oak Lane in Wilton).

The trail is planned to one day run from Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk to Rogers Park in Danbury, and will run through a portion of Redding.

Trail builder Timber & Stone LLC has made the following progress since a groundbreaking event and work day on Saturday, June 27th.

Trail excavation (about 3,000 feet) has been completed, and the trail’s base layer has been laid with geotextile fabric plus 3/4” minus gravel to a depth of 4-6 inches. This takes the trail to a point that will be the south end of a future boardwalk in the area of Twin Oak Lane.

Hand edging work (pulling roots, smoothing etc.) has continued, and special features have been added to the trail — notably a bump-out containing a rock ‘bench.’

This week, starting Monday July 27, Timber & Stone began laying and rolling the final surface of the trail, placing coping stones to define turns, and adding other final details.

A decision will be made on whether to cross an intermittent brook near the north end of the section with a culvert or a bridge.

The overall target — which is dependent on continuing favorable weather — remains to complete the new sections by the end of August.

On the west side of the Loop, construction of trail along the south side of Horseshoe Pond awaits a wetlands permit.

The new trail has been made possible by generous donations from the community.

To Contribute: “The Friends of the NRVT,” P.O. Box 174, Georgetown, CT 06829, or make a contribution via the Donate button on our website — www.nrvt-trail.com.

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