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Funds sought to extend trail in county

Map 21 funds, phase I trail extBy MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

 

Pulaski County is seeking a grant from Virginia Department of Transportation that would allow it to extend the New River Trail to the vicinity of Critzer Elementary School.

No comments were offered for or against the grant application during a public hearing held Monday night.

The county is seeking $283,000 of Map-21 funds under the Transportation Alternatives Program to complete the first phase of the trail expansion project. The grant requires a 20 percent match from the county if it is approved.

The four-phase project would eventually extend the trail to Randolph Park. David Wilson, Pulaski County’s new Zoning Administrator, said the first phase would extend the trail from its current head at Xaloy on Route 99, northeast to Warden Spring Road.

The second phase would run from Warden Spring Road to the vicinity of Appalachian Power; phase three would continue to Cougar Trail Road, flanking the railroad near Volvo; and then the final phase would follow Alexander Road to Randolph Park.

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