Rail Trail cleanup costs considered

by Trish Rudder

Cleaning up the lot meant to be the public trailhead for the North Berkeley Rail Trail (NBRT) is moving forward.  

A portion of the North Berkeley Rail Trail (NBRT) known as “parcel 3” is being considered for brownfields cleanup by using EPA grant funding.

The former rail yard by the Berkeley Springs Train Depot cannot be used for recreation yet, due to previous industrial contamination.

Rail Trail committee member Rebecca MacLeod presented the Bath Town Council with a draft analysis of Brownfields Cleanup alternatives as part of the NBRT public hearing at the meeting on June 18.

The EPA grant of about $94,000 will be used for the soil cleanup of the southern trail head at North Washington and Williams streets in Berkeley Springs.

MacLeod recommended using “Alternative #2” (installing six inches of asphalt and aggregate)

with a cost estimate of $80,643.

“Capping will meet remediation requirements for recreational site use with significantly less cost and effort than “Alternative #3, that has an estimated cost of $194,151,” according to the Brownfields cleanup draft analysis.

She said the legal notice was published in The Morgan Messenger on May 29 and comments about the cleanup plan can be made on the Town of Bath website at until 4 p.m. on June 28.