Pine Line Gets Facelift
The Pine Line Trail is getting a facelift. A logging project along the trail is nearing completion. The county is cutting select timber adjacent to the Pine Line Trail. Portions of the logging project were delayed so as not to put turtles in harm’s way. According to Chuck Zenner private donations amounting to $11,250 were received to help cover the cost of resurfacing the southernmost 1/3 of the trail which covers 6.1 miles. It is anticipated that upon receipt of grant funds the northern 12 mile stretch of trail will be completed in 2 phases over the next 2 years. A blue rock granite from the Athens area will be spread on the southern 1/3 of the trail. Taylor County will ask the full county board for an additional $15,000 to help defray the costs of the new trail surface. Just south of Westboro the former railroad bed has a series of 4 bridges within a span of about 1 mile. The county’s forestry department is seeking cost sharing for a study to determine the load ratings for the bridges to determine whether they are suitable to handle heavy equipment during the resurfacing project. The projected cost of the load rating study is $7,900.