Down East Sunrise Trail Village Access Project

We are working with Sunrise County Economic Council with funding from the Maine Department of Transportation to study connections between the Down East Sunrise Trail and village centers along the trail. Better integrating the DEST into these towns will help to improve wellness, connection with outdoor spaces, and town visitation.

We will create a Village Bicycle and Pedestrian Access Plan that recommends improvements to accessibility and safety for trail users in the towns of Franklin, Cherryfield, Harrington, Columbia Falls, Whitneyville, Machias, East Machias, and Dennysville. This will help us assist municipal leaders, the Maine DOT to improve access and safety.

What we are doing:

  • Mapping the physical transportation infrastructure (connections between the trail and sidewalks, shoulders, crosswalks, etc.)
  • Studying existing bike/pedestrian plans
  • Investigating how people use and would like to use the DEST as an alternative transportation route to get from where they live to school, work, grocery stores, health services, further recreational opportunities, etc.

2011 WCCOG Village Access Plan


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