City Council to Vote on Bluestone Trail

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- The Harrisonburg City Council will be discussing the future of the Bluestone Trail at its Tuesday night meeting.

The mile-long path is planned to run from Bluestone Drive to Stone Spring Road, connecting the JMU campus to neighboring housing communities.

The council will vote on providing the final approval to provide contractors with the funds they need to work on the trail. The cost of construction is expected to be about $75,000 more than originally projected. Tonight will be a discussion of how to reallocate the money.

One way is by moving money originally budgeted for the Northend Greenway Project, another biking plan in the works. Organizers said construction plans for Greenway will not begin for another couple years, so it won't affect the plan in the long run.

Local students who live near the trail say this will make their route to school a whole lot easier.

"I really like to go running and my sisters like to go running. She runs here from her house all the time, so it will help to be safer, instead of running on the roads and sidewalks and stuff," said Sarah Jamison, a JMU student.

Plans to start construction begin in the next week and the project should be finished by December 2014.


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