Today, Mayor Linda Gorton, Councilmember Josh McCurn, and Councilmember Chuck Ellinger cut the ribbon officially opening a new segment of Citation Trail.
“Lexington has been developing its trail system for decades. Now we are opening important new connections between trails,” Gorton said. “Earlier this week we opened the Brighton Rail Trail Bridge, which connected two trails. Today we are officially opening a new section of Citation Trail, which also connects other trails. And there’s more to come! We currently have about $53 million in trail projects in some phase of development. With the support of federal grants and local investments, we have been able to build a wonderful trail system to offer new opportunities for outdoor exercise and transportation.”
The new 2,100-foot section travels through the Mable Lane Greenway and connects to Lucille Drive. There is also a connection to Masterson Hills Park Trail. Future plans include extending the trail and connecting to a planned trail inside the Villages at Great Acres, and linking to Masterson Station Park.
“Having this additional connectivity for Masterson Station and surrounding neighborhoods is exciting,” said McCurn, who represents the area. “This trail connection may be small, but it is pivotal in bringing one of our largest neighborhoods to one of our main thoroughfares. While this is the official opening of the trail, hundreds of residents have already used it for running, biking, walking, skating and more!”
Councilmember Ellinger said, “The key to increasing our multimodal transportation infrastructure is connectivity. This is another piece that will help complete that process.”
The newly-opened segment of the Citation Trail was funded with support of a federal Transportation Alternatives Grant.