City cuts ribbon on new Citation Trail segment
Today, Mayor Linda Gorton, Council Member Josh McCurn and Council Member Chuck Ellinger cut the ribbon officially opening a new segment of the Citation Trail.
“Lexington has been developing its trail system for decades. We are now opening up important new connections between trails,” Gorton said. “Earlier this week we opened the Brighton Rail Trail Bridge, which connected two trails. Today we officially open a new section of Citation Trail, which also connects other trails. And there is more to come! We currently have approximately $53 million in trail projects in a development phase. With the support of federal grants and local investments, we were able to build a beautiful network of trails to provide new opportunities for outdoor exercise and transportation.
The new 2,100 foot section crosses the Mable Lane Greenway and connects to Lucille Drive. There is also a connection to the Masterson Hills Park Trail. Future plans include extending the trail and connecting to a planned trail inside the villages of Great Acres, and connecting to the park from Masterson Station.
“Having this additional connectivity for Masterson Station and surrounding neighborhoods is exciting,” said McCurn, who represents the area. “This trail connection may be small, but it’s essential in bringing one of our larger neighborhoods to one of our major thoroughfares. Although this is the official opening of the trail, hundreds of residents have already used it to run, bike, walk, skate and more!
Council Member Ellinger said, “The key to increasing our multimodal transportation infrastructure is connectivity. This is another element that will help complete this process.
The newly opened segment of the Citation Trail was funded with support from a Federal Transportation Alternatives Grant.