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Arkansas receives $20M to finish bike, pedestrian trail

November 18, 2021 GMT

HELENA-WEST HELENA, Ark. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded a $20 million grant to finish the final section of a bike and pedestrian trail in eastern Arkansas.

The Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism was awarded the money to construct the final 13.4-mile (21.5-kilometer) section of the Delta Heritage Trail in southeastern Arkansas.

Once complete, the 87-mile (140-kilometer) trail stretching from Lexa to Arkansas City will be one of the longest dedicated pedestrian and bicycle trails in Arkansas.

The federal grant is being matched by $20 million from the Walton Family Foundation.

State parks officials say the project is expected to be finished by 2025.