Oct 25, 2015 1:46 PM

Bike path linking coastal states still a decade away

The Assoicated Press

PORTSMOUTH — Planning is underway but completion is still viewed as a decade away for a coastal bike and walking path that would run from southern Maine to northern Massachusetts.

The Portsmouth Herald reports that negotiations with Pan Am Railways for sale of the company's defunct Hampton, New Hampshire, branch corridor are stalling the project.

The New Hampshire Seacoast Greenway would run 17.2 miles from Kittery, Maine, to Salisbury, Massachusetts. Once completed, it will become one link in the proposed, 2,900-mile walkway and bike path running from Calais, Maine, to the Florida Keys.

Scott Bogle, Rockingham County Commission's senior transportation planner, says Pan Am and the New Hampshire Department of Transportation disagree over the value of the Hampton branch, which runs from Hampton's center to Portsmouth.

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