ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Mayor Dorothy Hubbard signed the closing documents to transfer the Rails to Trails property over to the city of Albany.
The 13.6 miles of former railroad tracks will expand Albany Utility Board services to new customers in Dougherty, Lee and Terrell Counties.
It will also provide a walking and biking trail from Radium Springs Road to Sasser.
City officials said the next step is to design the trail.
"The Rails to Trails board actually will work with the city to sort of build a plan for the trail. The trail has to be designed and the routes it crosses like where it crosses on Slappey, where it crosses it on Palmyra, where it crosses on Ledo. Those will have to be determined. We are working with DOT to figure out the most advantageous place for the trail to eventually cross," said Phil Roberson,Asst. City Manager
The city has a five year contract with Rails to Trails to construct it. No word on when the groundbreaking will start.