July 03, 2013 Edition

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Fifth phase of trail paved

Megan Heyl
Staff Writer

Phase five of the Lawrence County Rail-Trail project was recently completed. Phase five extends the trail by a mile, making the trail over six miles long.

The latest stretch is from just north of County Road 438 and runs almost to Highway 67 in northern Walnut Ridge.

"With the completion of this phase, we are very close to having the entire Rail-Trail paved." Brett Cooper, a member of the local Rail-Trail Committee, said.

The trail is within 1,260 feet of being completely paved. The whole trail is accessible now, including the unpaved portion.

"I rode my bicycle over the unpaved part last week, and I know of several others who have been doing the same." Cooper said.

The committee is looking to acquire a grant to pay for the final portion of the trail, and for signs and striping necessary for safety.

"Working together over the past few years, the community has turned an abandoned railroad spur into a popular and attractive rail-trail." Cooper said in regards to the trail's success.

"We especially want to thank County Judge Dale Freeman for his invaluable help in making phase five a reality, and Bill Bastress with the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department for facilitating the grant funding, which made all this work possible."

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