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New Chadwick Flyer Trail, expected to cost $20M, coming in next 5-10 years

New Chadwick Flyer Trail, expected to cost $20M, coming in next 5-10 years

"Whenever you’re doing large-scale, capital infrastructure projects, you never have a hard and fast date," said the executive director of Ozark Greenways. A projected $5.3…

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"Whenever you’re doing large-scale, capital infrastructure projects, you never have a hard and fast date," said the executive director of Ozark Greenways.

A projected $5.3 million would be generated in economic benefit and $106 million over 20 years, according to literature at the showcase.

Along with the recreation aspect, the Chadwick Flyer Trail would provide a safe avenue for cyclists.

It’ll be awhile before the project is complete, but excitement was buzzing in the air during a showcase for the Chadwick Flyer Trail earlier this week.

The regional trail eventually will connect downtown Springfield with the Ozark Community Center in Christian County, spanning a total of 12 miles and costing approximately $20 million. The project may take five to 10 years to complete, said Mary Kromrey, executive director of Ozark Greenways.

"There’s just so much opportunity that this trail will provide," Kromrey told a News-Leader reporter during the Tuesday showcase. "Of course, it’s going to provide a way for folks to get outside and get some exercise and go for a stroll. It’s also going to provide a really good transporation corridor."

Supporters say the Chadwick Flyer Trail will promote economic diversification and a sustainable tourism industry, while answering a demand for nature-based tourism. A projected $106 million in economic benefit would be generated over 20 years, according to literature at the showcase.Kromrey emphasized that the timelines given are necessarily estimates."Whenever you’re doing large-scale, capital infrastructure projects, you never have a hard and fast date," she said. "Now, you add in supply […]

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