A new 1.2-mile section of the Silver Bow Creek Greenway trail is open between Silver Bow and Ramsay.
Crews built the 10-foot-wide trail last fall, but inclement weather prevented paving until last week, said Dori Skrukrud of the Greenway Service District.
“It’s an important community connection for the Greenway,” she said. “When we did our early planning it was an important aspect of the project that the people of Ramsay could safely get down to Silver Bow Creek.”
A trailhead is planned on the Silver Bow end of the recently paved trail with the Ramsay portion serving as a community entrance with no designated parking area.
Negotiations continue with two property owners south of Ramsay in an effort to further extend the trail into the Ramsay flats.
Those recreating on the new section may notice a spur trail that turns south along the creek just before Ramsay. While one section of trail continues to Ramsay, Skrukrud says the spur will eventually continue to the Ramsay flats and beyond.
Once complete, the trail will extend from Butte to the Warm Springs ponds. Skrukrud said a nearly 3-mile gap between Rocker and Silver Bow could be completed next year.
“That’s our work plan at this point,” she said. “We have complex railroad negotiations for crossings and we have some private in holdings that are yet to be resolved, but we’re actively negotiating with those landowners.”
Meanwhile, construction is expected to begin in late June or early July on trailheads at Whiskey Gulch just west of Butte and at the Rocker Depot.
Skrukrud says the new trail was built primarily on state-owned property in partnership with the Montana Department of Environmental Quality, the Greenway Service District and with grant money from the sate’s Natural Resource Damage Program.
— Reporter Justin Post may be reached at Justin.firstname.lastname@example.org or (406)496-5572.