AMORY – In a regular-called meeting on Oct. 1, the board of aldermen voted to accept an $80,000 grant from the Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks and the Federal Highway Administration and also authorized the mayor and city clerk to sign project agreements toward the development of the Amory Recreational Trail project.
“The whole project is estimated at $100,000. We now have $80,000 and the Dalrymple Foundation is handling the rest,” said City Clerk Lee Barnett.
According to Mayor Brad Blalock, progress will be made through a series of phases that should be complete within approximately 365 days from the signing of the agreement.
“Right now, our partner, Wildlife Mississippi, is doing the thinning and trail clearing in a way that has the least impact on the natural environment,” Blalock said.
What is the Recreational Trails Program?
The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is a Federal-Aid assistance program of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The Recreational Trails Program helps states develop and maintain recreational trails for both motorized and non-motorized recreational trail use. Examples of trail uses include pedestrian (hiking, walking, running, wheelchair), bicycling paved and non paved, in line skating, equestrian use, water trails, off-road motorcycling, all-terrain vehicle riding, four-wheel driving, or using other off-road motorized vehicles.
The U.S. Congress first authorized the Recreational Trails Program in the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991. It was reauthorized in 1998 under the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21).
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