The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) today awarded $700,000 to the City of Radford for the East Main River and Rail Downtown Connector Trail. Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) issued the following statement:
“The East Main River and Rail Downtown Connector Trail will help invigorate the City of Radford’s downtown area and improve accessibility for pedestrians and cyclists. ARC’s award of $700,000 provides a valuable boost to completing this project.”
According to ARC, funding will construct a 1,750 linear-foot trail between Radford’s commercial district and the New River recreation area, providing safe access for pedestrians and cyclists visiting Bissett Park and the river, as well as students at Radford University, to visit downtown Radford. The project will improve 40 businesses and bring 500 new visitors to town annually.