Belle to open first section of planned 144-mile Rock Island Trail segment |

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The historic railroad community of Belle will be first to have a stretch of the Rock Island Line right of way converted to a recreational trail.

Belle residents, city officials and a trail committee headed by Richard Huse have been working toward trail development since 2013. Now, a mile of right of way through that town will become a trail in coming months. Approval of a Recreational Trails Program Grant will fund the project.

The Belle portion of the trail will be built to specifications of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. The owner of the corridor, a railroad subsidiary of Ameren electric company, will hand the property over to DNR following clearing of the rails under the national Rails-to-Trails Act.

MoBikeFed comment: It is very exciting to see the first section of the 144-mile Rock Island Trail between Windsor and Washington become reality.

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