Construction planned for Allegheny Highlands trail

Highlands Trail Foundation will host a press conference Thurs., Jan 24 at 5 p.m. at the Elkins Depot Caboose Room.

HTF board member Robbie Morris will provide information on the construction of a section of the Allegheny Highlands Trail from its present southern trailhead at Highland Park to the Elkins Depot.

Funded by a Transportation Enhancement Program grant awarded to the Randolph County Development Authority in 2009, the “Rail-Trail Connector” project will connect the AHT from Highland Park to the Elkins Rail Yard.

Recent changes in design management will allow the project to move forward in 2013.

Highlands Trail Foundation was founded in 1995 as a non-profit organization dedicated to creating recreational and alternate transportation opportunity through development of a regional trail system in the Potomac Highlands of West Virginia. The Allegheny Highlands Trail is the backbone of that system.

Constructed by the West Virginia Division of Highways in conjunction with the Corridor H highway, the AHT follows the former Western Maryland Railway route for 25 miles from Elkins to Hendricks. The connector project will add nearly a mile to the trail.