Dave, it has got to be done. People wandering around in the road right on a blind curve is dangerous and annoying to local drivers. Think of how many years this infrastructure will be used. The price is minimal for the benefit. Blasting out a safe path is also a benefit to the local townsfolk who like to take a walk with their strollers without being run over. People howled about the trail paralleling the road that they already made and the staircase up towards Armed and Dangerous, but they turned out fine, very useful, and I dare say even attractive IMO. The steps that were cut into the ledge up higher on the 'Short-Cut Trail' look fine once they weathered in and make the trail usable when wet or icy. Change is always shocking to some people, but it doesn't mean it isn't for the better. It is just a fact that infrastructure is needed when you are dealing with lots of people. If it is done well, it is a positive.
It would have been nice if they were able to do the work in a slower season, but they obviously have to work with the contractor's availability. When is Rumney really not busy anyway, except the dead of Winter or rainy season?