76: Rail Trail Expansion Project

Project Description from submission form

The proposed project is to develop a unique multi-use trail opportunity that provides connectivity to existing traditional non-motorized transportation networks (rail-trails, bike lanes, sidewalks, greenways, etc.). The preferred route will generally follow the portion of the north-south rail line that runs from College Station Road to the Oconee County line.  Although the main part of the line runs from Center, in Jackson County, to Athens, the tracks extend as far south as Madison, with a spur line through Watkinsville to Bishop (see Map).  Turning the part of the rail line that runs from College Station Road to the Oconee County line into a rail with trail (RWT) facility will serve to complement the present east-west Firefly trail by adding a new, north-south connecting link to ACC's existing trail network, thereby providing the opportunity for a regional trail amenity.

Estimated Cost:  
SPLOST 2020 Budget
$17,203,000
Estimated Annual Operating Impact
$266,000
Alternate Project Budget
$11,666,000
Alternate Project Estimated Annual Operating Impact
No change

Project Presentation Video

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