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New rail trail planned in West Virginia

May 9, 2019

CLAY, W.Va. (AP) — A new rail trail is set to be built in West Virginia.

Gov. Jim Justice announced Wednesday that the state has signed a letter of intent to purchase land for the project.

The trail will use 72 miles of existing rail lines in Clay and Kanawha counties, along the Elk River and Buffalo Creek. Justice says the tracks will be converted into trails for walking, hiking, biking or other recreational purposes.

He says the project could become the second-longest rail trail east of the Mississippi.

Justice says the he hopes portions of the trail will be up and running by Summer 2020.