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Maine Riding on Public Roads Statutes

 

MAINE REVISED STATUTES
TITLE 23. HIGHWAYS
PART 3. LOCAL HIGHWAY LAW
CHAPTER 305. CONSTRUCTION, MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR
SUBCHAPTER III. BRIDLE PATHS AND TRAILS

 

3151. Bridle paths and trails; damages  

Bridle paths and trails may be laid out, altered or discontinued by any town or city within such town or city on petition therefor in the same manner as is provided by law for the laying out, altering or discontinuing of town ways in a town or city streets in a city, except that no cultivated or improved land shall be taken without the consent of the owner and a 2/3 vote shall be required for the acceptance of such paths and trails by any town. All provisions now in force as to assessment of damages and appeal therefrom in cases of laying out, altering and discontinuing town ways in towns or city streets shall apply to laying out, altering and discontinuing bridle paths and trails, except that the petitioners shall have no right of appeal.


3152. Town regulations apply 

Bridle paths and trails, when laid out and accepted under section 3151, shall be subject to such regulations as to use as may be established by the city or town laying them out.


3153. No obligation to keep open in winter; bridges to be safe; signs

Cities and towns maintaining bridle paths and trails mentioned in sections 3151 and 3152 shall not be under any obligation to keep them in repair or to break them out in winter. If any city or town shall erect a bridge on such bridle path or trail, it shall be under the same obligation to keep such bridge in a safe condition for the use of horses and riders as it is now under to keep highway bridges in repair for the purposes for which they are used. Such city or town shall erect at the entrance of such bridle paths and trails suitable signs, signifying that they are bridle paths or trails only, and not for use of vehicles, and that persons may use them at their own risk.



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