Rails to Trails Project to Get Underway Soon in Lawrence County

HOXIE, AR - Officials expect work to begin soon on a Rails to Trails project in Hoxie and Walnut Ridge.  Workers will convert part of the railroad line into a recreational trail.  The project begins at the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railroad line in Hoxie and runs about a mile northeast.  A state grant of about $40,000 will be used to pave the route.

Lawrence County Judge Alex Latham says county crews will complete the surface work and roll down the crushed stone bed before the paving is completed.  Officials hope to develop a park with picnic, play areas, and a raised platform for watching trains go by at one end.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)