Construction on the fifth phase of Lebanon's Cedar City Trail is expected to begin in March, as the Tennessee Department of Transportation recently completed review and approval plans for the project, according to Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead.
Anticipated to be completed in early summer, the asphalt trail will provide connectivity between Byars Dowdy Elementary, Winfree Bryant Middle and Lebanon High School and all commercial development along South Hartmann Drive. The 10-foot-wide trail will be nearly three-quarters of a mile in length.
"This trail will provide an educational element and encourage a healthy lifestyle for both students and adults of the community," Craighead remarked.
"I appreciate the support of the local property owners that donated easements; interested citizens that encourage city council members to provide the local funding and certainly the city council for their vote to bring this project back to the table and implement ... I certainly want to say thanks to all state elected officials and the various departments that worked to move us to this point."
The City of Lebanon received approximately $1.19 million from various state funding programs for the project, and the city's local match will be roughly $225,000, Craighead said.