STOCKBRIDGE – Henry County will hold a groundbreaking ceremony on the Panola Mountain Greenway Trail PATH project on Thursday, Jan. 23, at 11 a.m.
The ceremony will be held at the edge of the construction site in the Panola Mountain State Park, located at 2620 Ga. Highway 155 SW in Stockbridge.
The PATH project is the Henry County tie-in to the trail network, located on the east side of Ga. Highway 155 at Panola Mountain State Park.
In October, the BOC approved a bid from Lewallen Construction of $2,724,673 to construct the project. The county is receiving more than $2.7 million in federal funding for the project, with a 20 percent match of $544,935. Funding is made possible through a Transportation Enhancement Grant and a Transportation Alternatives Program Grant.
The Georgia Department of Transportation approved the bid award in November, and a final agreement between GDOT and the county was reached last month. The notice to proceed was given to the contractor Jan. 6.
Bruce Holmes, who represents the area on the Board of Commissioners, congratulated the county for the project.
“I’m very excited that this partnership between the BOC and PATH is now in the construction phase,” Holmes said in a release. “We’ve gone through a number of ups and downs with this project over the past eight years. There have been times where I’ve had my doubts. However, we’re finally here, and this very important quality of life initiative is moving forward. Kudos to the BOC, staff, Board of Education and PATH Foundation on the coordinated effort to see this project through and bringing it into reality.”
The PATH Foundation has been responsible for developing more than 260 miles of trail throughout the state for walkers, runners, cyclists and skaters.
For more information about the PATH Foundation, visit pathfoundation.org.