Athens-Clarke County is close to securing final approval to convert an abandoned East Athens railroad into a trail.
A state-mandated public hearing at 5 p.m. today at the Multimodal Transportation Center on East Broad Street is the final step before the state Department of Transportation releases a $1.2 million federal grant and allows Athens-Clarke officials to begin designing and buying land for the rails-to-trails project.
"We feel very confident this project is going to go forward and be successful," county Natural Resources Administrator Mike Wharton said.
County officials will seek input on plans for the trail, but those familiar with the project shouldn't expect to hear anything new.
If you are not familiar with the plans or if you want to tell the county to keep as much of the Murmur trestle as possible, you should definitely go!