Legislators on the House Transportation Committee met Tuesday and learned the long-awaited cross-state, 93-mile, multi-use, year-round Lamoille Valley Rail Trail will be ready for full access this year. The hearing for the committee, was a chance for Agency of Transportation officials to explain the remaining trail and bridge construction, signage plans and post-completion management efforts. VAST invested multiple years and money to commence the LVRT construction effort and manage the open sections of the trails. With the completion of the full St. Johnsbury to Swanton trail mere months away, VTrans will assume management over the trail. Annual maintenance costs for the full trail have been predicted to run about $350,000. VAST will remain a supporter of the trail and assist VTrans any way it can, including wintertime grooming.