New Construction in Thomas, WV

We have started construction on a new section of trail for New Historic Thomas as part of phase 1 in the Thomas Riverfront Development Plan for the City of Thomas, WV. Trail users have caution. I know this is a popular location, partially on an existing alignment, for dog walking, running, and biking. We will be mid construction from July 25 through August 20. For information about the Riverfront Development plan or about New Historic Thomas, use the following links:

http://www.newhistoricthomas.com/

http://www.newhistoricthomas.com/s/Riverfront-Plan.jpg

Now the cool part. Construction. I am very grateful for the opportunity to build this trail. This is partially on a route locals use already to access the gem of a trail system at the Thomas City Park. The development plan calls for this trail to be as accessible as possible for folks with a handicap. While friends like Eric Thompson are quite mobile and still doing some pretty rad adventures, “ADA” or “Accessible” trails is an extremly broad term. I’d rather say how accessible this trail is and let the user decide. It is a standard 48″ wide tread with an average running grade of 5% with no more than 6.8%. I’ll give a full report at the end, but that tells you a lot about it. It will have curves for days, and some really cool positive control points like a couple heritage trees with greater than 40″ diameter. Here’s a couple pictures of current construction to get you going:

Here's what 14 hours gets you. #appalachiandirt #thomascityparktrails #newhistoricthomas

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It's shaping up! #thomascityparktrails #appalachiandirt

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