In December of 2015, E.T.& L. Corp was awarded a $4.8 Million project by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to build phase II of the Clipper City Rail Trail. This project is part of the development of the Border to Boston Trail, the Coastal Trails Coalition, and the much larger vision of the East Coast Greenway, which seek to expand these systems of bicycle and pedestrian trails as alternative transportation links to town centers, schools, businesses and amenities, and public parks. The Clipper City Rail Trail already boasts public waterfront access along ½ mile of the Merrimack River and an impressive collection of sculptures, murals, and artfully designed landscapes along the corridor. The full length of the Clipper City Rail Trail will be about 1.5 miles, spanning from Parker Street in Newbury to the East Parking Lot of the Newburyport Redevelopment Authority on the Central waterfront. It will be an 8-10 foot wide, paved path for use by pedestrians, bicyclists, skaters, cross-country skiers, etc. Not only will this project provide the general public with access to safe, scenic, and healthy recreation as well as alternate routes and modes of transportation, it will include control of invasive vegetation, planting of native vegetation, removal of trash and debris, and improvements to stormwater management. Construction is expected to be completed around the end of 2018 or early 2019.