Ruston officials break ground for new bike and walk trail

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RUSTON, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Pieces of railroad track can still be spotted along the former Rock Island Railroad established back in the late 1800's. Ruston officials are trying once again to make it a spot of transportation.

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"The Rock Island Greenway is a one mile shared use path and linear park which is going to connect neighborhoods here in Ruston with downtown Ruston and LA Tech," says Ammond Jordan, director of development.

Runners and bikers already take advantage of the picturesque scene and walkway near West Kentucky Ave. Now it will not only be a path for leisure and recreation, but also a way to get around the city.

"Our hope is that the citizens of Ruston will want to see the greenway extended both north and south," says Jordan.

The path will also be handicap accessible connecting neighborhoods, businesses and Louisiana Tech.

"When the construction is complete we envision this being a place where mothers in strollers, dog walkers, birders, cyclist, runners can all enjoy themselves as they get out for recreation or they travel from A to B," says Jordan.

This is all part of Moving Ruston Forward and it's only the first phase. Jordan hopes it becomes the backbone of a citywide trail system.

The one million dollar project is being funded through the Moving Ruston Forward sales tax passed in April.