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Province Lands Bike Trail Improvements Completed for Now

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Date: January 20, 2009
Contact: George E. Price, Jr. Superintendent, 508-771-2144

Cape Cod National Seashore has reopened the entire Province Lands Bike Trail following rehabilitation of a 3.2 mile section that began in October.  The contractor has completed the construction phase of the project and will return in the spring to finish the center line striping and removal of wattles and silt fencing.  Some wattles and silt fencing were left in place near wetlands for continued protection of these areas.

Three of the five phases of the work scheduled for this bike trail are now complete.  During this most recent phase, the bike trail asphalt was recycled and mixed in with new asphalt and laid down in the same foot print but with a 10 foot width; a 6” to 8’’ base of dense grade was deposited; in low areas the path was elevated a little to alleviate problems with standing water; a stretch of trail that was hazardous due to a steep grade has been removed and rerouted; a pull-out was created in the new section of trail to provide the opportunity to view Race Point Light; two existing timber retaining walls were rebuilt and two new ones were installed; the two tunnels were re-worked without comprising their structural integrity in any way; and protruding bolt heads were re-welded and ground for a smoother surface.

New flashing lights and signage will be installed at entrances to the tunnels to alert visitors to hazards. Several access points that the contractor used will stay in place for quicker emergency responses. The National Park Service will re-install safety and informational signs in the spring.  Many residents have given high marks to the renovated sections. Seashore officials hope to be able to proceed with the final two phases in the near future.

 

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Did You Know?

Cape Cod

In the mid-19th century, Henry David Thoreau walked the Atlantic coastline of Cape Cod, recording his adventures in his narrative "Cape Cod". To literally follow in Thoreau’s footsteps today would require scuba gear. Cape Cod’s Outer Beach sees an average erosion rate of close to 4 feet per year.