Lilac City Greenway

Potential - Within Rochester 

I am writing pursuant to your recent email correspondence with me about prospective Rails to Trails projects in Rochester. We have one long term project which we would like to complete subject to obtaining funding, political support, and additional right-of-way where necessary.

This project - known as the Lilac City Greenway - would involve various segments including:

I have also included for your reference a copy of our new draft Transportation Master Plan related to Bicycle use. Please feel free to call me with any questions or comments.


 Michael Behrendt, AICP
Chief of Planning

City Hall - Second Floor
31 Wakefield Street
Rochester, New Hampshire 03867-1917
(603) 335-1338 • Fax (603) 335-7585
Web Page:

[March 26, 2001]

Rochester Master Plan

Bicycle Projects

There are two special projects the City seeks to implement.

Lilac City Greenwav

Parts of this would follow the abandoned railroad corridor on the north side of Rochester known as the Farmington Branch Line. Much of the corridor has already been converted to a gravel way with gates excluding motorized vehicles. It would hopefully continue along the abandoned rail corridor through Farmington to the north. Links need to be created toward the south through downtown and on to the Somersworth and Dover line. See Map - Lilac City Greenway. It includes these sections:

Spaulding Loop

The City should work with NHDOT to establish a bicycle path within the right-of-way of the Spaulding Turnpike as part of the multi-million dollar Spaulding widening project between Exit 11 and Exit 16. This is a rare opportunity The path could serve both transportation and recreation purposes effectively

• This project might involve filling wetlands but if wetland impact can be minimized or mitigated this issue alone should not scuttle an undertaking with such broad public value. See Map - Spalding Loop.



[March 26, 2001]

Updated on April 07, 2001 by Kenyon F. Karl <>.
  Unintentional errors are likely!

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