By: Laura-Jane Hatcher
After spending four years stalled in the local government, the Redmond Trail Project is finally gaining some traction.
Preliminary engineering for the planned trail, which will connect Tolbert Park to downtown Rome with an asphalt bike path, could begin very soon, but the first step lies with the Floyd Commission, says Assistant County Manager Noah Simon.
“We are now discussing the early stages of Engineering for the Redmond Trail Project. What I’m asking the Commissioners for and what we’ll be doing a little more research on is what path we will take for the engineering. Will we use in-house resources or use a consultant?” Simon says. “And if we’re going to use a consultant, then my next step is to negotiate a scope of services and a price for that work, then bring that before the Board of Commissioners for approval. Then we would begin the preliminary engineering for the trail.”
The county just recently submitted two reports to the Georgia Department of Transportation that saved the project from collapsing. In 2008, Floyd received a $400,000 grant to construct the trail system, but because of the economic crisis, did not proceed any further. That was, until, the state threatened to revoke the grant this past October.
The grant and the project were both saved by a group of biking enthusiasts who pledged over $100,000 to see the trail through.