HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Hattiesburg City Council approved a bid to begin Phase 3 of the Longleaf Trace into downtown.
The extension of the Trace will run from the Gateway Station at USM all the way to Main Street near downtown
which is nearly two miles.
JET Construction of Pascagoula was the lowest bidder at just over $1.3 million.
"We have people that's really interested in history, and they come here from all over the country," said Lynn Cartlidge, Longleaf Trace chairman. "And of course (this will carry on) the fact they will have the history to carry on down to Hattiesburg whereas the history buff on the old Mississippi Central Railroad was originally built there. And those that are interested in that can carry on all the way down to that site downtown."
Cartlidge said once MDOT approves those figures, the new design will be presented to the Longleaf Trace board members and construction will soon be underway.
He said he hopes this extension will be slightly wider than the existing trail.
Longleaf Trace gets about 100,000 visitors each year.