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New­ton Trails, visit their Web site at new­ton­ Fi­nan­cial con­tri­bu­tions can be sent to P.O. Box 2010, Cov­ing­ton, Ga. 30015.

“Any kind of con­tri­bu­tion is help­ful, but peo­ple can if they want to spon­sor an eight-byeight sec­tion of trail for $350. With that con­tri­bu­tion, they can have an en­graved brick put in the cen­ter of [their trail] sec­tion,” Oliver said.

Plans by the county to build a trail from the New­ton County Li­brary on Floyd Street to East­side High on the By­pass are 80 per­cent com­plete said Ch­eryl Delk, spe­cial projects co­or­di­na­tor for New­ton County.

Part of the trail will in­clude a pedes­trian tun­nel be­neath the By­pass. That part of the project is be­ing han­dled by the Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion and is close to be­ing let for con­struc­tion bids.

Con­struc­tion on the li­brary/ East­side trail is ex­pected to be­gin in the late spring and take ap­prox­i­mately 12 months said Delk.

A sec­ond trail lead­ing from Turner Lake to Por­terdale is still in the plan­ning stages. Hy­drol­ogy stud­ies for a pedes­trian bridge that would cross the Yel­low River need to take place.

“[It’s] a lit­tle more com­plex of a project, that’s why it is tak­ing longer,” Delk said. “ Plans for that are get­ting re­ally close as well, but we are hav­ing to take a closer look at where that pedes­trian trail would go be­cause we can’t raise the flood level.”

The county also has a grant for a fea­si­bil­ity study on the pur­chase of some rail­road right-of-way that winds through the cen­ter of down­town Cov­ing­ton that could be used for the trails sys­tem.

Delk said there is also in­ter­est in Rock­dale County in con­nect­ing the Ara­bia Moun­tain Trail, which be­gins in DeKalb County, to New­ton County’s trail sys­tem.

“We would like to fig­ure out a route from the Monastery [of the Holy Spirit in Cony­ers],” Delk said. “In the new year, we hope to take a sec­ond look at our trails master plan.”

Cour­tesy of the Cen­ter for Com­mu­nity Plan­ning and Preser­va­tion


The map above shows the var­i­ous stages of de­vel­op­ment for trails in New­ton

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