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Pedestrian trail project planned for downtown Jackson

Published: Nov. 1, 2011 at 7:48 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 9, 2017 at 12:08 AM CST
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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - A walk or bike ride in the Capital City will soon be easier with the creation of pedestrian trails.

MDOT Commissioner Dick Hall presented Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson, Jr. with a check for $1.1 million Tuesday for the construction of a multi-use trail in downtown Jackson.

The Transportation Enhancement Funds will create a bike and walking trail from the Farmer's Market to the Mississippi Agriculture Museum.

Heart of Mississippi Trails signs will appear along the route.

Ridgeland Mayor Gene McGee and Flowood Mayor Gary Rhodes attended the presentation at the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership on President Street.

Ridgeland and Flowood have already received similar funding for their existing multi-use trails.

Ridgeland was awarded $1.1 million while Flowood received $1 million.

Cities must pay 20% in matching funds to the 80% from the Transportation Enhancement Program.

Biking enthusiasts said the Jackson trail is an opportunity for a future interconnected trail system with Ridgeland, Flowood and Clinton.

"It also provides so many opportunities to connect Belhaven to the Farmer's Market," said Bike Walk Mississippi Executive Director Melody Moody. "I think that the economic development possibilities you know, families can get involved. They can bring their kids. This first step allows kids from the Belhaven, Belhaven Heights community and downtown to be connected."

Work on the Jackson trail is expected to get underway in about 18 months.

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