Queen Victoria Road in West Windsor is well used by bikers, runners, hikers, and horseback riders, and is part of the Vermont 100 Endurance ride and run course, typically held in July. Just about everyone who has competed in the area has travelled the picturesque road. While the class 3 road was periodically graded by the town, and cleared and maintained by trail users, an area suffered seasonal erosion during rainstorms. Eventually the road became eroded below the side ditches causing water to flow down it and eventually into a perennial stream.
“We knew it was beyond our ability to fix this,” tells Barbara Gerstner, member of the West Windsor Conservation Commission, “so we started to look for a grant.” The Ottauquechee Natural Resources Conservation District heard of the issue and used a Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation clean water grant to fund the repair. “The town road crew did the work,” says Gerstner, “and did a great job. They discovered an old stone culvert that had collapsed under the road and replaced it with a new one, and built up the road so the ditches would capture the water. We are thrilled with the result.” Trail users will have the opportunity to see the improvement for years to come. “This trail is used for the Vermont 100 Ride & Run in July and there will be no more wet feet,” laughs Gerstner.
For more information on the project, contact the Ottauquechee Natural Resources Conservation District.