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Rail Trail Update – One More Stage to Go!

For 13 years, Ken Butkiewicz (A Dudley Resident and Volunteer) has been on a mission.

To build one of the greatest assets in the Town of Dudley whereby residents and visitors could walk the old abandoned rail lines in Dudley soaking up the beauty and tranquility that Dudley has to offer. Hundreds of people have walked the trail – often just called the “Dudley Rail Trail.” –  but few know the struggle and sweat that was put into its creation.

There have been no parades… No self aggrandizement… Just Results…. from  a simple man just trying to make a difference.

Within that time frame, the West Dudley. Quinebaug River Bikeway and Trailway has been constructed. A Trail that begins on Mill Road and meanders through the forest  and farmland of West Dudley. Crossing over West Dudley Road, the trail then takes you on a beautiful walk next to the historic Quinebaug River into Southbridge.


Quinebaug River Bikeway and Rail Trail

Now, Ken is in the final stages of trying to complete the massive undertaking.
The Completion of the New Boston – Perryville Section of the trail.

Most Pictures Below of the ongoing work were taken 5-11-2018

New Boston Road Rail trail

New Boston Road Rail Trail

For 13 years, Ken has petitioned Legislative Reps for funding and their support.  They have always been supportive and the project would never have progressed to its final stages without that support.  We are deeply appreciative of the past support.

The final phase of the project which involves ripping up the final rails, grading the trail and most importantly, the engineering and reconstruction of the French River Bridge by Schofield Avenue will be the toughest.

Ken has put in a request for the final $60,000 to the State for FY19.  Without that money… the project will not be completed.

To be Continued….

A Rail Trail and Quinebaug River Thank You!

On behalf of the Quinebaug River and Rail trail, we would like to thank the handful of volunteers who braved some rain and chilly weather to clean up the river bank and trail on Saturday April 22nd.

It is disheartening that so much trash continues to be tossed into the environment with no thought of the problems it creates for others and the wildlife.

Much of the river bank garbage comes from storm water runoff dumping directly into the river from communities further upstream.

Please, remember some simple rules that can keep your hometown and its recreational areas clean…

  1. Clean up after yourselves
  2. If you bring it in – take it out
  3. Water Bottles were made without legs… thus they can not walk themselves into the trash cans located at the entrances of the trails

We hauled off dozens of trash bags filled with debris that accumulates when certain individuals don’t clean up after themselves or treat our community as a dumping ground. As a resident, it should get you angry.

But thankfully, we have people in the community who are willing to get dirty and pitch in to make “Dudley A Special Place”

Thank you again.

John – Rail Trail Volunteer