The Londonderry Rail Trail-Phases 4 & 5: The Next Chapters

The next two phases of development of the Londonderry Rail Trail are located around Route 28 near North Elementary School, crossing the North Village area and the beautiful Cohas wetlands area.

Phase 4 will be an intersection crossing improvement to Route 28/Sanborn Rd and trail continuation to the North Village area.  After several meetings with the NHDOT, they have determined, and are requiring a pedestrian hybrid crossing beacon at the intersection to safely cross the highway.  Londonderry Trailways is working with the Londonderry DPW very closely on this project to obtain approval for the design of the Rail Trail and the intersection crossing.  This project is “shovel ready”, and will cost $219,000.    The intersection improvement will benefit many people in the immediate area such as the North Elementary School, the Senior Center and local residents using the Rail Trail to cross Route 28. We have already received a $75,000 matching grant for Phase 4 from the Samuel P Hunt Foundation and there is a Warrant Article on the March 14, 2017 Town Ballot asking to raise the remaining $144,000 needed. Please mark your calendars and VOTE YES on ARTICLE 26 on Tuesday March 14 at the Londonderry High School Gym.

Phase 5 of the Rail Trail follows the abandoned rail corridor crossing the Cohas wetland area between Mammoth and Harvey Roads.  This is the most beautiful one mile section of Rail Trail that nobody knows about.  It is truly a hidden gem in Londonderry.  Over the past several years, it has been a very arduous task to clean it up from years of illegal dumping, but that is now completed and the area is gated off to eliminate vehicle traffic and continued dumping.  This future phase is 1.1 miles and will cost around $400,000.

Our goal is to be able to complete Phases 4 in 2017 and Phase 5 in 2018.  By accomplishing this, we will extend our Rail Trail distance to a total of 4 ½ miles, being one of the longest distances of any rail trail in any one town in the State of New Hampshire.

This is our story.  We are asking for your continued support.  The Londonderry Rail is bigger than ever not only for Londonderry, but for our region.  Take a walk on our Rail Trail on any day at any time, and you will see it being enjoyed as a safe and pristine greenway for all.