Funding promises to fill gaps in Connecticut web of trails

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HARTFORD — Connecticut is getting its first chance to spend millions of dollars to expand recreational trails stretching from Maine to the tip of Florida.

Towns, cities and nonprofit groups will compete for $10 million budgeted in the next two years to design, build and maintain trails for hiking, biking and other activities along Connecticut portions of the 2,900-mile East Coast Greenway. It extends from Calais, Maine, to Key West, Florida.

The money is part of a bond package proposed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

R. Bruce Donald, head of the Connecticut Greenways Council, calls it a "huge deal" that could help plug gaps along the greenway.

Connecticut's portion of the greenway is a 198-mile network of trails, of which 60 miles are complete as an off-road route on traffic-free trail segments.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.