SIDNEY – The Fremont County Board of Supervisors offered their support Tuesday to the Admiral Trail planned between Farragut and Shenandoah, Iowa.
Jeff McQueen told supervisors hometown pride is at the root of his support to convert a former Burlington Northern Santa Fe corridor to a connector trail.
McQueen: “We feel to get the trail in, it’s going to revitalize small towns in Iowa.”
He said the Admiral Trail will connect Farragut to existing trails in Shenandoah, to Mineola and on to Council Bluffs 55 miles away.
McQueen: “Pedestrian and bicycle way of life has just grown so much in Iowa and this a just a way to help the town of Farragut try to build them back up. I mean, it took a hit when we lost our school. That’s the reason. There’s a lot of enthusiasm about this.”
Cyclist John Burkhiser said the trail will make a safer ride by avoiding long stretches of highway traffic.
Burkhiser: “Families could come from Shenandoah to Farrgaut because it will be flat stretch. It will only be like a four and a half to five-mile ride, instead of the nearest other town of Imogene, and that’s nine miles, so it’s an 18-mile round trip for young people. It will help our little businesses.”
Burkhiser said the village owns the corridor, so the trail will happen. The only question is how soon.
From Sidney, I’m Dan Swanson. News Channel Nebraska.