City officials held a ribbon cutting to open the second phase of the Brighton East Rail Trail on Monday, Sept. 30.
“The Brighton Rail Trail project has taken an abandoned rail line and turned it into something people can enjoy,” Lexington Mayor Jim Gray said at the ceremony. “This trail has a beautiful tree canopy that is like no other trail in Lexington.”
The shared use trail is 12-feet wide and runs two miles, from Bryant Road to Walnut Grove Lane. The new section runs from Pleasant Ridge Drive to Walnut Grove and was funded by a combination of federal, state and local funds.
Councilmember Kevin Stinnett, whose district holds the trail, said, “The new expansion of the Brighton Rail Trail symbolizes our commitment to improving community health and our trail systems throughout Lexington. It provides a valuable recreational amenity to east Lexington, while connecting neighborhoods and people to one another.”