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Montpelier 'goat path' gets a facelift

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MONTPELIER, Vt. -

For the 1,000 state workers at the National Life complex, walking to downtown Montpelier can be a hike. No, really-- there's a half mile trail that allows people access to downtown from the campus. But when you're dressed for work, walking down what people affectionately call the goat path just to grab lunch isn't exactly ideal.

"They called it the goat path because it was so steep; it was just a little muddy path," said Ross Sneyd of National Life.

But finally the path is getting a facelift by Vermont Youth Conservation Corps.

"For it to be a safe and sustainable trail-- that is why we're here," said Colby Hause of the Vt. Youth Conservation Corps.

"A lot of skilled work involved, I appreciate it," said Eric Smeltzer of the Agency of Natural Resources.

"It's open to the public. The employees of National Life can use it to go downtown for lunch. We also have a number of employees who use the trail to commute," Sneyd said.

This hasn't exactly been the fastest project. It's taken the VYCC three years and 152 steps to make this steep trail more accessible. VYCC was paid $24,000 for working on the project by the Federal Highway Agency. The city of Montpelier paid for the materials.

"The bulk of the work has been putting in the large stone to make up the stair case. We've been getting stones from quarries and using our highline system to send the rocks to where we're working," Hause said.

"I appreciate the efforts. It's a good walking path for National Life employees to use instead of driving and it's safer and better for the soil," Smeltzer said.

Building a safer, easier pathway for the community to step up and enjoy the great outdoors.

There will be a ribbon cutting for the trail Friday that's open to the public.

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