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Weeds and wildflowers on neglected trail

July 31, 2009
Weeds overtake the trail.

Weeds overtake the trail.

What if they built a trail and forgot to take care of it?

That is exactly what has happened along the first mile of the Junction and Breakwater Trail in Lewes.

Miscommunication between two state agencies, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) Division of Parks and Recreation and Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT), has resulted in a mess along Gill’s Neck Road.

For the life of me, I can’t understand why no one has complained about the condition of the trail. I sure did.

Telephone calls to the two agencies set off a chain-reaction of other calls. At first, it didn’t appear the left hand knew what the right hand was doing.

When DNREC stopped maintaining the 1-mile section, it assumed DelDOT would pick it up. It didn’t happen. The last time the grass was cut was sometime around Memorial Day.

Since then, weeds and wildflowers have overtaken the trail. Only two tracks, cut by walkers and bicyclists who frequent the link between Lewes and Rehoboth Beach, remain between the underbrush.

At some point during the week, someone did cut grass along part of the trail.

Officials at the two agencies say the lines of communication are now open and the maintenance plan that was supposed to be in place will soon be a reality. No one is sure just when the trail will be restored.
Division of Parks and Recreation staff maintains the other four miles or so of the trail. DelDOT staff will be responsible for the section along Gill’s Neck Road.

The Junction and Breakwater Trail is a gem, and one of the few downstate trails provided for biking, running and walking.

Let’s hope the acronym agencies can get their acts together and take care of the trail in the manner it deserves.

Two tracks on the trail.

Two tracks on the trail.

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