Camp Shelby to get "Rails to Trails"

Camp Shelby to get "Rails to Trails"

CAMP SHELBY, MS (WDAM) - Camp Shelby will soon be home to the second "Rails to Trails" in the Pine Belt.

Camp Shelby and the Mississippi Department of Transportation are partnering to turn an abandoned rail line on the post into a multi-use pathway that will be 4,400 feet long. On Tuesday, Southern District Transportation Commissioner Tom King presented Camp Shelby commander Col. Greg Michel with a check for $399,168.

That money will pay for 80 percent of the project, with Camp Shelby covering the rest. The funds are coming from the federal Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP).

"We can't use this money for bridges, roads and highways and it's available through these programs and these projects, so we're going to take every dollar that they'll give us and we appreciate the money that we receive from the feds," King said.

"It certainly addresses safety (and) gives pedestrians walkways to be able to conduct fitness, whether it be running or biking or just provide a catalyst for health and wellness and compliment the already nice facilities that we have here on post," Michel said.

Construction will start in the spring of 2016 and it should take six to eight months to complete.