Green signs featuring the great blue heron have been popping up around town directing people to a local network of trails.
Local officials gathered at the historic Coal House at the Vestal Rail Trail Tuesday to announce the completion of the Two Rivers Greenway signage project.
The greenway is a series of local river walks and recreational trails that follow our area’s two major rivers, from Kirkwood/Conklin to Owego along the Susquehanna and from Chenango Bridge to Binghamton following the Chenango River.
Binghamton Metropolitan Transportation Study Planner Scott Riegle says the idea for the greenway was first developed last century.
“That was done in 1999 so it’s taken this long to get to where we are now but we do hope it will spur on more trail development and recognition of the importance of the trails and making it a complete trail system,” said Riegle.
All of the individual trails have been developed by their local municipalities, sometimes in conjunction with state and federal agencies.
Riegle says new paths are being constructed by the New York State DOT along Front Street and Route 434 in Binghamton and Vestal.
The signage project cost under $400,000 with the federal government picking up 80 percent of the cost and the municipalities the rest.