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Nearly a million dollars in grant funds will be used to expand Berea's share-use trails

The Citizen/Keith Taylor
Kentucky Lieutenant Governor Jacqueline Coleman at the Berea announcement

Berea’s shared-use trail system is growing, thanks to nearly a million dollars from two grant sources. Lieutenant Governor Jacqueline Coleman participated in a ceremony Friday morning in southern Madison County. Berea Mayor Bruce Fraley said the ten-foot-wide two-third mile trail connects with the Boone Trace Trail.

“It’s beautiful there along the south side of Brushy Fork Creek and knowing that that is really hallowed ground, sacred ground for the settlement of Kentucky and really the entire westward movement of the United States I think adds an extra level of significance to this project,” said Fraley.

Fraley said the shared-use trail also addresses an ongoing pedestrian and cycling safety issue. The mayor noted there’s not been a sidewalk on that section of Kentucky Highway 595.

Fraley said the project has been in the works for at least a decade. He added the plan is to bid out the project this summer and Fraley hopes it can see foot and bike traffic next spring.

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