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Conover-Phelps Bike Trail extending by two miles this summer

Story By Morgan Johnson
Local News Published 05/05/2021 3:02PM, Last Updated 05/06/2021 10:17AM
Phelps - The Conover-Phelps Bike Trail starts in Conover, goes for eight miles, then it just stops.

So bikers and hikers turn around and go back.

Avid biker Rollie Alger says that will soon change.

"I have biked that part of the Conover-Phelps trail that has been completed and I look forward to biking this part of the trail also," said Alger.

Alger is also a part of the Greater Headwaters Trail organization.

Last Tuesday was the groundbreaking day when construction of the third and final segment of the trail began.

There's been progress since then.

"Easy so far," said Devin Gosse of Janke General Contractors. "It's sandy, not too many rocks. It was hard at the beginning when we first started because it was so wet but now it's getting better; it's drying out."

The total trail length will be 10 miles with some parts paved and other parts with specialized gravel.

The trail length won't be the only thing making gains.

"We're hoping that it's going to have a significant economic impact in that it is going to bring bikers as well as hikers into the area," said Alger. "We already have hikers and bikers using the shortened trail starting here at Songhill Lane going into Conover."

The view right now might seem like the project is far from over, but construction is expected to finish by the end of June, just in time for Alger to extend his usual bike route.

"So it's going to be a little more challenging because this last segment, even though it's less than two miles, it's much hillier."
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