Work could begin this fall on next phase of Joplin's Ruby Jack Trail |

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Work on the next 1.5-mile stretch of the Ruby Jack Trail could begin this fall and be completed by the end of the year.

Braden Horst, president of the Joplin Trails Coalition, said last week that the group is getting ready to seek bids for the next phase, which will stretch from Route MM in Jasper County west to the vicinity of Missouri Highway 43.

The coalition received a $35,000 grant from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources for the work, but it requires a 20 percent local match. A fundraiser is planned this fall to help with trail costs.

The 16-mile Ruby Jack Trail runs from Carthage through Oronogo and Carl Junction to the state line and follows the former Burlington Northern rail line, which became available for a recreational trail under a federal rails-to-trails program after the rail line was abandoned.

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