Friday, May 31, 2013

Officials Map out Safety plan for new trail line

A new line of trails is about to open to the public in Eastern Kentucky, and officials are hitting the path to figure out how they can keep people safe.

The first section of the Dawkins Trail Line in Johnson and Magoffin counties will open in June.

They broke ground on it last year and now it is almost ready.

The Dawkins Trail Line is part of the Kentucky Rails to Trails program, converting abandoned railroad tracks into public trails.

Once opened motor vehicles will not be allowed, but Johnson County officials kicked up some dust Wednesday for a special reason.

They teamed up with Kentucky Park Rangers scoping out the piece of the 36 mile trail that runs through Johnson County.

One main focus was locating potential landing zones for air medical response, and they seemed to have success.

A ribbon cutting for the trail is scheduled for June 15.

The Dawkins Line is 36 miles through Johnson, Magoffin and Breathitt counties.