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Officials break ground on first phase of PATH

Nov. 20, 2012 @ 11:10 PM

HUNTINGTON — After six years of planning, officials broke ground Tuesday on the first phase of the Paul Ambrose Trail for Health.

Six months from now, Huntington will have five new miles of bicycling and walking trails in three different sections of the city.

The work, which will begin in about a month, is part of a 64-mile network of existing or planned pathways and share-the-road routes connecting all of Huntington's parks and major employers from the West End to Altizer. Named for Dr. Paul Ambrose, a promising young physician who died Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorists crashed the plane he was on into the Pentagon, planners view the trail system, or PATH, as a tool to fight obesity and enhance the quality of life for Tri-State residents.

The groundbreaking ceremony was for what officials refer to as the first phase of the trail system, even though a mile-long paved loop at St. Cloud Commons was dedicated last week. The first phase will cost $2.3 million and is funded by a combination of federal grants.

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