We are sure that 2015 will prove to be our most exciting year to date as Athens-Clarke County plans to begin construction from East Broad Street almost to the Athens Loop. When complete, this segment of the trail will be 14 feet wide and will include two bridges: the first, spanning Wilkerson Street and the Oconee River, and the second, carrying the trail over Peter Street. The ACC SPLOST team is in negotiations with CSX to purchase even more abandoned right-of-way and get the trail to the other side of the Loop. Beyond this, there is considerable work to do identifying ownership of the old rail bed. This is where we need your help! Join us for the 4th Annual Firefly Trail Ticket to Ride, March 21, 2015 to get involved.
Athens-Clarke County expects to begin construction in 2015 on approximately one mile of the trail, funded primarily by SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) revenues, and with additional funding from federal sources.
The segment will begin on East Broad Street at the existing pocket park and continue to Old Winterville Road. ACC expects to buy additional right-of-way out to Winterville Road for future development. The first segment will provide a direct link from downtown Athens to Dudley Park and beyond using a multi-million dollar bridge to be built over the North Oconee River and Wilkerson Street on existing railroad piers. An additional bridge will be set over Poplar Street. For the time being, the Firefly Trail will cross Trail Creek on the North Oconee River Greenway bridge.
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