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Almost $500K granted for next trail phase

The City of Jonesboro has been approved for an Arkansas Department of Transportation grant of $498,750 for Phase 4 of the Craighead Forest Greenway Trail.

Phase 4 will extend the multi-use trail from Craighead Forest to Fire Station 4 at 3909 Harrisburg Road. That would bring the trail to just north of Rossland Drive and within a quarter-mile of Central Baptist Church. ArDOT will provide $399,000. The City is obliged to contribute 20 percent, or $99,750.

Upon Council approval, the City will put out bids for work to be performed next year, Mayor Harold Perrin said.

“I think this is a wonderful gift, and this trail certainly will tie into our Master Bicycle/Pedestrian Trail Plan,” Perrin said.

Phase 3, which takes the trail from its initial phases around the park lake to Harrisburg Road, is currently underway. Previous phases created a 3.2-mile pedestrian/bicycle trail around Craighead Forest Lake and a new road around the north side of the lake with a roundabout entrance.

“It’s great to see this come to life,” Perrin said. “I am very grateful to our partners – public and private – as well as our city parks, streets and grants departments, which have played a big role in creating this trail for Jonesboro.”


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