Franklin County officials mull ATV trail costs


Officials in Franklin County, NY., are debating the merits of spending $80,000 to $100,000 a year to create an all-terrain vehicle trail through it, connecting St. Lawrence County to Clinton County.

Much of the money for the trails, however, could likely be made up through a permitting system and through grants, according to the Adirondack Daily Enterprise.

State legislators say they can keep construction costs down by using logging roads and other existing infrastructure to build them. Also, the $17,000-per-mile estimated trail maintenance cost could be offset by rider group volunteers. The county might also implement user fees to offse some costs.

Franklin County’s ATV committee consisting of county legislators, ATV interests, DEC representatives and other interested parties. It has been studying the issues around creating the ATV trail for about a year now.

Posted by Holly Wagner