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Hopkinsville Rail Trail Temporarily Closing Segment

A segment of the Hopkinsville Greenway Rail Trail will be closed from 9:00 am through 2:00 pm for easement clearing work, starting on Monday, June 15.  The closed Rail Trail section is between the Dog Park at Pardue Lane and the bridge over Cox Mill Road, a stretch of just over a half-mile.  The work is expected to last 3-4 days, depending on weather.
 
The effected section of the Rail Trail will be open before and reopened after the designated daily closure period.  During the closure time the additional section of the Rail Trail can still be accessed from trailheads and parking lots at North Drive or the Public Library.  The Dog Park and parking lot will remain open during this period. Another option for users to access the Rail Trail is to park in the DeBow Complex parking lot and walk a block east to trail access. The Rail Trail has experienced heavy traffic and discovery by many in the community as a primary exercise outlet during the COVID-19 quarantine period.  
 
The trail closure is to allow tree trimming and underbrush clearing to maintain regulated safety distances around a major TVA high-tension service line that feeds a nearby sub-station. The clearing work will be done by crews from Hopkinsville Public Works and HES.
 
The Hopkinsville Greenway Rail Trail is currently a 3.15 mile path for walking, jogging and biking. Phase 1 of the Rail Trail was added to the existing downtown trail and was completed in 2014. Phase 2 of the Rail Trail is underway adding 1.7 miles of trail from Pardue Lane to near the Eagle Way Bypass. The keystone piece of the new phase is a 1,500 foot long pedestrian bridge over Country Club Lane and Lafayette Road. Phase 2 plans call for completion by the end of November. 
 
Any additional questions about the temporary closure can be addressed to Blane Ezell, Superintendent of Grounds Maintenance at Hopkinsville Public Works at 270-890-0710.