Multiple-Use Management and Corridor Sharing

2009 - Meduxnekeag River Bridge - Maine

ATV rider on the completed suspension bridge

New bridge makes for a safe and environmentally sound crossing.

The town of Houlton and Aroostook Riders ATV Club collaborated to use RTP funds to construct a suspension bridge over the Meduxnekeag River and trails to connect the existing regional trail system. There are hundreds of miles of trail on both the north and south sides of interstate I-95 but before completion of the bridge, there was no legal way to cross and connect the two systems. People were unsafely and illegally crossing the river on the interstate bridge itself, or they were fording the river, causing damage to the salmon habitat. The construction of the new bridge allowed for a safe, environmentally sound crossing and connected the trail system. The bridge and connector trail were designed and constructed for multiple uses, including snowmobiles, hikers and mountain bikes as well as OHVs.

Erecting the Meduxnekeag River Bridge

Erecting the Meduxnekeag River Bridge

This project required the cooperation of several agencies, groups and landowners, including: the Maliseet Tribe, Bureau of Parks and Lands, Maine Department of Environmental Protection, Town of Houlton, Aroostook Riders ATV Club, the Meduxnekeag Ramblers Snowmobile Club, and private landowners who provided easements.

The bridge was needed for several years and has eliminated many problems for law enforcement as well as local businesses and clubs.


More winners of this award

2017: Middle Fork National Recreation Trail Improvements - Oregon

2016: Dolan Springs Trail - Arizona

2015: Boardman Bridge - Idaho

2014: Discovery Hill Community Trails - Idaho

2014: Yellow Creek Bridge Project - Pennsylvania

2013: Longleaf Trace Equestrian Trail Improvements and Extension - Mississippi

2012: Kwolh Butte Shelter - Oregon

2011: White River Valley Trail - Missouri

2010: Debsconeag Lakes Wilderness Area - Maine

2008: Boundary Canal Trail (Phases I and II) - Florida

2007: Wild Rivers State Trail - Wisconsin

2006: Lake Russell Multiple-Use Trail - Georgia

2005: Johnson Camp Trail Project - California

2004: Minooka Off-Highway Vehicle Park - Alabama

2003: Morrison Trail Project - Montana

2018: Wildcat Rock Trail - North Carolina

2018: Brule River Bridge - Wisconsin