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City to seek grant for new pathway
Pedestrians in Brunswick could soon have a safer place to enjoy marsh views along U.S. 17.

The city hopes to construct a pedestrian path between Fourth Avenue and Liberty Ship Park near the Sidney Lanier Bridge.

"It will provide a seamless bike path from the F.J. Torras Causeway to the Jekyll Island causeway," said Dick Newbern, demolition and property maintenance coordinator for the city of Brunswick.

The 1.17-mile, 8-foot wide path would be the final step in linking St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island, acting as a connection between the Marshes of Glynn Path that extends from St. Simons to the path that is planned for the Liberty Ship Park.

Newbern said the city plans to apply for a Georgia Department of Natural Resources grant through the Recreation Trails program to fund up to $100,000 of the $199,000 project.

The city would be responsible for the remaining expenses.

"The city is optimistic about funding," Newbern said. "We're going to give it our best shot."

The Liberty Ship Park path that it would connect to has been funded by a Community Development Block Grant and is waiting for approval from the Georgia Department of Transportation.

If the paths are completed, they would become a part of the Coastal Georgia Greenway, a 155-mile trail connecting six coastal Georgia counties.

"The multi-use path by its nature and its use will promote the natural, historical resources of the city of Brunswick," Newbern said. "The path is an opportunity to encourage safe non-vehicular transportation throughout Coastal Georgia."

Newbern expects to know if the grant is approved by early 2013 and says if it is funded, work would begin as soon as possible.

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