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Andy Morris-Friedman: Spare the Norwottuck Rail Trail, let new pavement cure

Norwottuck Rail Trail Reconstruction Project Updates are posted in the Elwell Recreation Area in Northampton at the western terminus of the trail which will be closed for seven months starting Monday.

KEVIN GUTTING

Norwottuck Rail Trail Reconstruction Project Updates are posted in the Elwell Recreation Area in Northampton at the western terminus of the trail which will be closed for seven months starting Monday. KEVIN GUTTING Purchase photo reprints »

To the editor:

Come on people. Don’t ride the Norwottuck Rail Trail until the repairs are finished. That just ruins the ride for the rest of us.

I know that the new virgin asphalt looks so tempting that you can’t wait to get your tires on it. But that’s just the problem. The surface needs a few days to cure and even then there is still work to be done on the landscaping and finishing touches. Already there are tire marks on the new surface from people who just couldn’t wait.

Talk about a pain in the asphalt.

That’s why they put up those big signs that say “Path Closed.” So please be considerate of all the hard work and use an alternative route.

Speaking of which, a big shout out to all car drivers for being extra careful of the displaced bikers now riding on the road. Soon we’ll be out of your way (except maybe a few of the hard-liners)

I know bike riders hate to wait. Otherwise they’d be waiting in their cars, stuck in traffic like normal people. Don’t worry — when the work on each section of the trail is finished, it will re-open and you can ride to your hearts’ content. But until then, don’t jump the gun and be the jerk who wrecks the trail before we get to ride it.

We’ve waited eight long years for the trail to be repaired. Will it kill you to wait a few weeks more?

Andy Morris-Friedman

Hadley

The writer is vice chairman of the Norwottuck Rail Trail Advisory Committee; his views are his own.

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