Chestertown Zoning Administrator Kees De Mooy announced Monday that the Rail Trail project in Chestertown — nearly a decade in the making — will be complete in 2021.

The town received $162,000 to finish Phase 4, “which completes the Rail Trail within the municipality of Chestertown,” De Mooy said at Monday’s final council meeting of the year.

Phase 4 of the Chestertown Rail Trail that will cross Morgnec Road to Foxley Manor

The final leg crosses Morgnec Road near the the Washington College tennis courts.

It will extend another .28 miles behind Lamotte Chemical Products in the 800 Block of Washington Avenue.

“The people in Foxley Manor are very excited because they’ll be able to get into Chestertown safely,” De Mooy said.

For safety concerns, there will be a hazard identification beacon that cyclists and pedestrians can activate with a push of a button at Morgnec Road. 

“It will initiate a flashing sign over top of the road that will cause traffic to stop,” he said.

De Mooy said the final leg of the project had been delayed because of the marina project, which made it difficult to find matching funds.

“Since then we’ve done some other things that have incurred that matching portion of the funding, so much of that is already in place,” De Mooy said.

He said the town would be issuing a Request For Proposal for contractors to complete the final leg in the next few weeks.

The extension brings the total length of the trails to 2.5 miles.