MIDDLESEX COUNTY – Freeholders announced last month that they will use $1 million in federal stimulus money to convert a 3.5-mile stretch of abandoned railroad tracks through Woodbridge, Edison and Metuchen into a bicycle and pedestrian trail.
The tracks have been abandoned by Conrail since 1991, but the county didn’t acquire the land until 2002. Then there were years of planning and permits.
“We’re finally coming to an end. This is going to be great. You will be able to walk from Fords to Metuchen,” Freeholder Director Stephen “Pete” Dalina said.
Starting at Crows Mill Road near William Street, the county plans to put down a 10-foot wide blacktop going west into Edison, ending in Metuchen just west of Amboy and Lake avenues. The county will seek construction bids this month, and work could begin in January and could be completed in a year, officials said.
The entire cost, with gateways and lighting and benches at 12 entry points and drainage along the trail, is projected to be $5 million.
“We think this will be as popular as any county park. We feel this could become an attraction and a destination for people to come to,” said Robert Takash, who is president of the Edison Greenway group.
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