Initial repair work on the Burlington Bike Path at 5 critical areas was completed in the spring of 2012. Final repairs will begin this fall and may continue into early spring of 2013. Sections of the path will be closed while this work is underway. Please respect the closures.
The comprehensive repairs to the Colchester Causeway are now fully completed. The Colchester Causeway is now fully re-open. Thank you to the Town, SD Ireland, VTrans and FEMA for doing such a great job on this challenging section.
SOUTH HERO: The northern section of the causeway is currently open for pedestrians. The access road is closed to vehicles, no not go beyond the Martin Road parking area as there is no turn-around. Repairs are planned for late fall 2012 or early spring 2013. The trail will be closed during construction.
THE CAUSEWAY BIKE FERRY: Bike Ferry will not run in 2012. We are aiming to relaunch expanded Bike Ferry service in 2013.
The record lake flooding of 2011 caused extensive damage to the Burlington Bike Path, the Colchester Causeway Park and the Allen Point Access Area in South Hero. Together these corridors comprise the regional Island Line Trail. Trail managers are working hard to repair and reopen the 13-mile trail. Together with supportive partners, they have set up the Friends of the Island Line Trail to coordinate private fundraising, public education and planning activities.
For Burlington Bike Path updates please call Burlington Parks & Recreation at 802-864-0123 or visit www.enjoyburlington.com. The Friends of the Island Line Trail provided $50,000 to the City of Burlington for the local match for the trail repairs.
The 3-mile section of the former railroad causeway off of Colchester Point was extensively damaged by the flood. The Town expects to made the repairs during the fall 2012 season. This entire 3-mile section from Mills Point Road was closed during construction. Estimated repair cost is $450,000. The Friends of the Island Line Trail provided 75% of the required local match to repair the trail.
The 1-mile section of the former railroad causeway and the road to it that is the VT Fish & Wildlife’s Allen Point Access Area was also extensively damaged. The State aims to make repairs in 2012. This section of causeway will be closed during construction. Estimated repair cost is $200,000
THE CAUSEWAY BIKE FERRY:
While the Bike Ferry that crosses the 200’ water gap on the Colchester-South Hero Causeway was not damaged in the flood, the causeway damage forced Local Motion to cancel the ferry’s 2011 and 2012 seasons. It also suspended the campaign to upgrade and expand ferry service. Local Motion has now restarted the planning and fundraising efforts to resume and expand ferry service in 2013.
Donate funds and get the current trail status at www.IslandLineTrail.org