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Thursday, July 21, 2011 03:29 am


After more than a year of work and anticipation, the first leg of the Sangamon Valley Trail is almost ready to open. The 5.5-mile section connects Springfield’s Centennial Park with Stuart Park at a cost of $3.7 million in federal, state and county funds. The full 38-mile trail will eventually run from Girard north to Athens along the former St. Louis, Peoria and North Western Railway. The Sangamon County Highway Department is in charge of maintaining the trail, which was built by Halverson Construction of Springfield, and designed by Cummins Engineering Corporation, also of Springfield.

This trail joins the Interurban Trail, Lost Bridge Trail and Wabash Trail in providing about 20 miles of car-free recreational pathways. Though runners, walkers and cyclists have been using the Sangamon Valley Trail for a while already, the trail will officially open at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on July 26. The public is invited to attend at 11 a.m. in Centennial Park, which is bordered by Bunker Hill Road on the south and Lenhart Road on the east. For more information, contact the Sangamon County Board Office at 753-6650.
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