Hazardous Materials Study Approved In Plans To Extend Rail Trail

Approval of funding up to $3,500 to move forward with a hazardous materials study for an area south of Beatrice is a next step in plans to extend a trail south to the state line, where it would connect with the Blue River Rail Trail extending to Marysville. An environmental study is required for any potential grant funding that may be available for the project. Efforts to develop the trail continue, despite a decision last year by the Lower Big Blue Natural Resource District not to accept ownership, and maintain the connection from Beatrice to the state line. Over $800,000 has been raised by the Nebraska Trails Foundation, nearing their goal of $840,000 to construct and maintain the trail.