The trestle in East Wilton is complete and looks great. It is now wide enough for two ATV's and will better accommodate horses and the snowmobile groomer! Check out the pictures.
Whistle Stop Trail trestle in Wilton being rebuilt
BARRY MATULAITIS, Staff Editor
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
WILTON — A trestle over Wilson Stream on the Whistle Stop Trail in East Wilton is being rebuilt due to safety reasons and dry rot that has affected the structure.
According to Western Maine ATV Club member Karen Dalot, the state is hiring a contractor to do the work. The Whistle Stop Trail will be closed this spring during the rebuilding process.
Dalot said that the state will be completing the rebuild during mud season so as to not negatively impact the ATV riding season. The trestle will be made wider to accommodate the snowmobile groomers in the winter, as well as for horses and ATV riders.
The state hopes to complete the work by the middle of May, she said.
Due to the spring thaw, state-designated trails are closed to ATV riders until May 25th. All signs have been posted, and riders are asked to respect landowners and wait for the trails to dry out.
"Police are ticketing people out there right now," said Dalot. "It costs clubs a lot of money to repair damage."
People who do get caught riding on state-designated trails when they are posted as being closed could get charged as much as three times the cost of the repairs to them per state law, she said.
Dalot said that the Western Maine ATV Club is looking for new members. People are encouraged to come to the club's meetings on the first Wednesday of each month at the Jay Town Office at 7 p.m.
The Whistle Stop Trail trestle over Wilson Stream in East Wilton is being rebuilt.
At one time, Maine Central railroad trains crossed the East Wilton Trestle.
February 23, 2013
JAY - About 60 snowmobilers, all-terrain vehicle riders and downtown business owners celebrated the ceremonial opening of two trail projects that connect with the Whistle Stop Trail.
The 14.5-mile Whistle Stop Trail, which begins in West Farmington, runs through Wilton and formerly ended near the Jay Elementary School, now continues on further for 2.5 more miles, to total 17 miles, into Jay village and onto Livemore Falls.
The state-owned Whistle Stop Trail was a former broad gauge Maine Central railroad converted into a multi-use, four-season rail trail, is open for walking, biking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, dog sledding, ATV riding, and snowmobiling.
In 2009, after Mary Howes and Tim DeMillo of Otis Ventures LLC property purchased the former Wasuau Mill and converted it into Otis Falls Mill development, plans for the trail extension began, said Jonathan LaBonte, executive director of the Androscoggin Land Trust to those attending the ribbon cutting.
The land trust formed the Chisholm Trails organization of Jay and with help from the National Park Service, local snowmobile and ATV clubs, work began on the 1.3-mile trail extension from French Falls Drive near school down to run along the river to Mill Street at the entrance Otis Falls Mill in Jay.
A trail easement across the mill property was granted by Howes and DeMillo that added another 1.2 miles to end Bridge Street in Livermore Falls. Existing trails connect from there.
"The new two-and-a-half miles of trail will provide access to businesses and shops in Jay village and Livermore Falls," LaBonte said.
DeMillo said there will "no longer be a struggle to go north. The new trail helps provide year-round access north and south. I'm happy to be a part of it, but couldn't have done it without all of you," he added of those attending.