NJ - Cedar Grove trail

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NJ - Cedar Grove trail

Postby BlockLine_4111 » Sun Mar 21, 2004 7:09 pm

Any progress on the Cedar Grove trail and the span work over the stream and Pompton Avenue ?
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Postby railtrailbiker » Mon Mar 22, 2004 6:03 pm

There is a new bridge over the Peckman River and the span over Pompton Avenue now an improved surface (ties were covered with dirt and gravel).

Photos of both improvements are posted on traillink.com (select NJ then West Essex Trail).
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Postby Ken W2KB » Tue Mar 23, 2004 12:48 pm

[quote="railtrailbiker"] . . . now an improved surface (ties were covered with dirt and gravel). . . quote]

My definition of improved is "ties were partially covered with 2 steel rails spaced 4' 8-1/2" apart. :wink:
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Postby fairlane57 » Sun Apr 18, 2004 5:24 pm

Rode the Cedar Grove today. From Great Notch to the High School in Verona. Where does that continue.

Hey, Ken! I'm from Bristol, R.I. to be exact. Narragansett side. Shoot me a line.
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Postby railtrailbiker » Sun Apr 18, 2004 8:46 pm

The trail crosses Fairview Avenue just north of Verona High School and heads southwest for no more than 3/4 mile. It ends at the western dead end of Arnold Way in Verona.

Not many trail users bother to cross Fairview Avenue, so the route there is very difficult to see. Cross the street and just envision where the tracks may have led and you'll find it.

The ROW property south of Arnold Way was sold to private developers because Essex County got hung up dealing with angry residents in the area who did not want the trail.

Full history of the trail's creation can be found here:

http://www.last-exit.net/essexcounty/in ... ept/p/west
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Postby BlockLine_4111 » Tue Jun 22, 2004 3:32 pm

So NIMBY was a factor ?
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Postby railtrailbiker » Tue Jun 22, 2004 7:38 pm

Yes; NIMBY was a huge factor in keeping this trail shorter than originally planned.

I believe the trail was originally to be named the Caldwell Bikeway. Now, it does not even reach into Caldwell.
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Postby BlockLine_4111 » Tue Aug 30, 2005 6:47 pm

Any new updates on trail renovation?
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Postby railtrailbiker » Fri Sep 02, 2005 7:53 am

Not much to speak of. A damp creek bed in Cedar Grove has a more permanent crossing now, but that's about it.
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