Full Steam Ahead on the Meadow River Valley Association’s Rail Trail

Building on the success of Meadow River Valley Association’s (MRVA) Good News event last fall, we are hosting a second virtual gathering on March 24, 2022, at 6:30 pm.
There are a wealth of successes, recognitions and achievements within the Meadow River Valley, and we want to hear about yours. > > Did you win a scholarship, or were you accepted to college? Did you hire a new staff member? Are you expanding your business? Maybe your walking group met its six-month milestone. During Good News Meadow River Valley, you have two minutes via Zoom to share your news and celebrate with others. There were 16 good news updates last fall – help us round up to an even 20!
To learn more or participate, email Dara Vance <mailto:dara@meadowrivervalley.org?subject=Good%20News%20Event>, MRVA VISTA.
Full Steam Ahead on the Meadow River Rail Trail
After years of planning and setbacks caused by a natural disaster, the Meadow River Valley that once echoed with the chug of steam-powered locomotives will be replaced with the sounds of bikers and hikers. The Meadow River Rail Trail is a project that started by preserving the railroad right-of-way for the 23-mile corridor between Nallen and Rainelle, WV.
Construction on the trail began near Nallen but was extensively damaged during the 2016 flood. Necessary trail repairs are underway, and completion is expected by this fall. The Russellville Bridge that was damaged will take longer to repair. The Fayette and Greenbrier County Commissions have worked tirelessly to complete the repairs and facilitate additional improvements and expansion. > > In partnership with the West Virginia Division of Highways, the two county commissions are currently bidding on a trail improvements project between the Russellville Bridge and Burdette Creek Bridge, with construction expected to start this year. The Greenbrier County Commission recently selected an engineering firm to design the remaining trail improvements between Burdette Creek Bridge and Rainelle. The commissions expect that the trail between Nallen and Rainelle will be open by 2024.
The Meadow River Rail Trail will be an economic driver and a tremendous community asset. Due to stipulations set when the land was purchased, the trail will be designated for non-motorized use only (no ATVs). For more information, email the Meadow River Rail Trail <mailto:meadowriverrailtrail@gmail.com?subject=Meadow%20River%20Rail%20Trail>

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