News from Bluffside Farm: Trail Construction to Begin Summer 2020

contruction darawing for bluffside farm recreation path showing biker and walkers


This spring, VLT sought construction bids for the bike path and boardwalk at Bluffside Farm. On May 27, we received seven bids on the front porch of our Montpelier office at an open-air and socially-distant bid event. The contractors watched as we opened the bids and read them out. G.W. Tatro of Jeffersonville had the winning bid. The contract was signed on June 17.

G.W. Tatro plan to break ground late this summer. In the coming weeks, a sign will be installed to celebrate the many partners and funders who’re making this ambitious project possible. Watch for it near the intersection of Bluff Road and Prouty Drive, where the path will meet the Beebe Spur Rail Trail.

G.W. Tatro will build an 8-foot-wide, gravel, multi-use path and a 10-foot-wide wooden boardwalk across Scott’s Cove. The boardwalk will be constructed in a way that’s suitable for the area’s wet soils and minimizes environmental impact. The entire path will be accessible to people with disabilities. Concept plans are available here.

“It’s exciting to see this coming together, after years of planning and development,” said VLT’s Tracy Zschau. “We can’t wait for the community to be able to use it.”


“Having grown up in the area, and as a graduate of North Country Union High School, it was very fulfilling to work with the Land Trust to deliver this project to the Northeast Kingdom Community,” said Benjamin Heath of Hamlin Consulting Engineers. Brian Lane-Karnas of DeWolf Engineering Associates said “We look forward to working with the land trust and G.W. Tatro to complete the construction of the project and are excited to see this project come to fruition.” 

Learn more about Bluffside Farm.

Three men standing at a distance from each other on a porch - Construction will begin on a gravel, multi-use path and a wooden boardwalk across Scott’s Cove at Bluffside Farm, a VLT project.

From L to R: Project Manager Ben Heath of Donald Hamlin Consulting Engineers, Design Engineer Brian Lane-Karnas of DeWolfe Engineering, and Nick Raferty of GW Tatro after the open-air bid opening.