LUDLOW (AP) -- The Vermont ski town of Ludlow is considering adding a $2.6 million bike and pedestrian path to link the community’s business section to mountain recreation areas.

The 3.5-mile paved trail would run along Route 103 from a park-and-ride lot and then eventually move to side roads that lead to the Jackson Gore and Buttermilk Falls recreational areas, the Rutland Herald reports.

"There has been a lot of interest in a bike path in the community for a lot of years. It is feasible, but it’s not cheap," said Jason Rasmussen, senior planner for the Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission.

The town could apply for a state Agency of Transportation bicycle and pedestrian program grant that would cover 90 percent of the project.

The Select Board has voiced support for seeking the state grant but has not officially voted to do so. Leaders may also put an article on the March town meeting ballot seeking funding for the next phase of the planning.

Local leaders will also consider local fundraising options.

"That is a lot of money," Selectman Bruce Schmidt said at a recent board meeting. "But something like this would be a pretty good thing to have."


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