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  • Writer's pictureBill Raines

Public Comments and Hearing on 62.3Mile Rails to Trails Project in Orleans Tomorrow night

LAWRENCE COUNTY - Lawrence and Orange County residents are encouraged to attend a public comment and hearing on a proposed 62.3 Mile Rail to Trails Project that will stretch from Lawrence County into New Albany, Indiana.

The public is invited to learn more about the design of the Monon South Trail project and offer feedback at two upcoming public meetings in Orleans and Salem.

The design team from Clark Dietz, the engineering firm designing the trail, will host the meetings.

The purpose of these preliminary meetings is to provide an update on the project and to provide general project information (scope, design process, schedule, opportunities to engage at the local level, etc.) to the broader public.

It will also provide the first opportunity for the public to share preliminary thoughts and comments on the project.

The Monon South is a 62.3 mile pedestrian/bike trail that will follow the route of the historic Monon Railroad. The trail will pass through five counties and the cities and towns of Mitchell, Orleans, Campbellsburg, Salem, Borden, Pekin and New Albany. Gov. Eric Holcomb committed $29.5 million in Next Level Trail funds to develop the trail. Construction is set to begin in 2024. When completed it will be the longest recreational trail in southern Indiana.

Orleans meeting

The Orleans meeting (for residents of Orange and Lawrence counties) will be held from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 24 at Orleans Jr. and Sr. High School cafeteria, 200 W. Wilson St., Orleans.

Salem meeting

Residents of Washington and Clark counties can attend the public meeting in Salem.

The meeting will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, June 1 at the Depot Railroad Museum 206 S. College Ave., Salem

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