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New Albany officials take new steps to make 'Rails to Trails' a reality

Old and abandoned CSX trails in southern Indiana could now be transformed into recreational trails.

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WHAS11) – Abandoned rail lines could soon be recreational trails as officials with the City of New Albany voted to take steps to make the Rails to Trails project a reality.

During Tuesday’s Redevelopment Commission meeting Tuesday, the board voted 4-1 to have consulting firm Faegre Baker Daniels work with CSX officials to determine the cost of the project, prepare a development plan and funding strategy and preparing an application to Indiana state officials for funding the acquisition of the corridor.

RELATED: New Albany mayor eyes 'Rails to Trails' project

Officials say the Rails to Trails project would convert the abandoned CSX route which runs through 63-miles of scenic and natural landscapes into a recreation trail.

Mayor Jeff Gahan said in a release, “Trails like these improve the quality of life for all citizens, and we are thrilled at the prospect of a North-South Nature Trail connection to the New Albany Greenway. Trails are key economic revitalization tools for cities and towns, as well as tourist destinations for health and nature-minded tourists.”

The trail starts north of the new Sazerac plant in New Albany and ends near Bedford.

Governor Eric Holcomb recently announced $90 million towards trail fund through the state of Indiana.

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