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Grants for bicycle lanes will be unfrozen

(WMC-TV) – Grants to pay for bicycle lanes to be developed on Southaven streets is back in circulation. The grant money was frozen as former Mayor Greg Davis was investigated for his spending.

Shawn McKinney rides his bike at least three times each week. He was pleased to learn there may be a new trail for cyclists and pedestrians in Southaven. It is an option that does not currently exist in the North Mississippi town.

"You know, your own space you don't have to worry about cars trying to maneuver around you or you holding up traffic and being a nuisance," said McKinney.

The city has been planning on the addition for awhile, but grant money was frozen after the state auditor's investigation into former mayor Greg Davis' city spending. New mayor Darren Musselwhite will activate the project Tuesday night.

"It helps the image for Southaven as far as being a healthier city, so I'm excited about having the trail connect the two parks for that reason," said McKinney.

The nearly three mile long path will connect popular Central Park on Tchulahoma Road with Snowden Grove Park on Getwell Road. Users will be able to cross busy Goodman Road and move farther away from motorists.

Tim Roop also rides his bike in DeSoto County. He thinks the move will encourage new riders.

"It's hard to get involved with bikes when you have to ride on the road," said Roop. "If there was a place where you wouldn't have to worry about cars running over you, it would be more enticing for people."

Grant funds will pay for 80 percent of the project. The total cost is more than $1 million.

Construction should begin sometime next year.

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