City of Anniston acquires more land for Chief Ladiga bicycle trail

Published: Nov. 17, 2020 at 8:02 PM CST
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ANNISTON, Ala. (WBRC) - Anniston is a step closer to expanding the Chief Ladiga Trail into the city.

The city’s mayor says he and the general manager of the Anniston Waterworks have signed an agreement to convey a piece of land for the project.

Mayor Jack Draper calls the agreement a “big deal” that was a year in the making.

The trail currently stops at the Anniston-Weaver city limits, but plans are for the trail to eventually allow bicycle riders to reach the old Southern Railway station, where Amtrak now stops three times a week.

Draper says there will be another similar transaction soon with the Norfolk Southern railroad.

The Chief Ladiga Trail is a walking and bicycling trail built on an old rail bed, as part of the “Rails to Trails” project. It connects to a similar trail in Georgia, the Silver Comet Trail, named for a famous passenger train that once followed that route.

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