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More Repairs For Historic Local Trail

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HIGHWAY 80 NEAR FORT PULASKI -

A local historic trail plagued with erosion problems will get more repairs. McQueen's Island Trail runs parallel to Highway 80 in marshlands near Fort Pulaski.

The Chatham County Commission set aside $325,000 for the repairs. At the meeting on Friday engineers for the project briefed the commission on the history of repairs for this trail.

"It will always need some continual repairs. You hope you get to a point where you address the major concerns and then it's an annual maintenance, but until that time you're going to have to constantly deal with it," said The Project Manager for Thomas & Hutton, Charles George.

The money will be used to fix about 2,000 feet of the six mile trail on the east side, which comes out to be about six-percent of the trails total length. In certain areas the trail is narrowing which is making it hard for bikes and runners to use.

"To have a coastal trail that you can run, and on one side you have dolphins playing on the water and then see minx, rabbits, in the middle of the trail, it's quite unique," said trail user Dan Hernandez.

When Dan Hernandez saw the trail deteriorating, he helped create the Save Our Rails to Trails petition to get help from Chatham County Commissioners.

"In 2009 they began the renourishment of the trail and after that it looked wonderful. After about two years though you see the trail just washing away," said Hernandez.

George said if the trail washed away, it would hurt more than just runners.

"The waves would continue to roll straight to highway 80, and eventually the marsh would erode, and you could have some potential impacts to the roadway" said George.

Hernandez helped put together a race earlier this year which raised $10,000 which will go towards helping pay for these repairs.

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