Columbus Rails to Trails: Enter at your own risk

By Laura Ann Sills - email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The City's Planning Director, Rick Jones, says he is probably the most eager person in the world to get the Rails to Trails project completed.  He says even though the Columbus trails look finished, they are not open yet and citizens should enter at their own risk.

"Use caution please, it is still a construction site. The contractor has not turned in the keys to the city.  We do not have all the safety requirements, especially at the intersections," said Jones.

By August, the trails will be open, with signs and signals up to warn of the intersections.

Pedestrians will be required to stop before crossing a road, but lights and painting on the pavement will help caution drivers, as well.

"Folks need to be reminded under state law those folks in the crosswalk have the right of way. You have to stop and let them cross," explained Jones.

He said the two rest stops under construction will have restrooms, a playground, and even some retail stores.  Jones calls them "a catalyst for redevelopment along the trail where folks will want to live and work and be close to something that can provide them with that kind of recreational opportunity."

For those of you who just cannot help yourself, keep your ears and eyes open.

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