The new rail trail in Belington has been in the works for a few years now. But thanks to grants from the Division of Highways and other donations, the trail will soon be a reality. Even with those grants, it took some work to make the project fit the budget it was given.
"Several months ago we opened it up for bids, and the bids came in a little higher than expected, so we had to back up and look at another scope of how we can make this happen," said Belington Mayor Jody Haller.
The new trail will start on at the bridge over the Tygart Valley River in Belington, and run about half a mile south connecting at the end to the Belington City Park. Mayor Jody Haller said a trail like this can go a long way to improving the health of city residents.
"It gives our citizens and whomever would like to use it a place to where they can walk and get some exercise," Haller said.
Haller said the route to the park is another big advantage to the trail. The only way to reach the park is to walk along the busy Route 250, but the trail provides a safer way for kids and families to get there.
"It's a better safety atmosphere for our children versus walking the sidewalk or walking the road to and from the park, so it'll give them better access too, as well as their well-being and safety," Haller said.
Work on the trail is expected to take a few months, and Haller said he expects the trail to open to the public in early summer.