The tentative August 17 opening date for the Tanglefoot Trail has been postponed for at least a few more weeks while the contractor completes last minute work along the 44.5-mile route, which runs from Houston, through Pontotoc, to New Albany.
Last week, officials had begun finalizing plans for trail opening ceremonies, but Monday afternoon Three Rivers Planning and Development District officials announced the August 17 opening has been pushed back.
The decision to delay the opening was made after engineers made a final inspection of Tanglefoot Trail last Friday (August 2), said Ronnie Bell, Three Rivers Director of Governmental Functions.
“The engineers have created a punch list of things that still need to be completed by the contractor (Glasgow Construction) and they’re just not going to have everything ready by August 17,” Bell said.
“It’s going to be sooner, rather than later, and hopefully maybe by the end of the month, Bell said.
“The engineers will monitor progress on the punch list and the board will make a decision on the opening date and ceremonies.”
Officials stressed that the trail remains closed until further notice.
Planning is underway for ceremonies in Houston and New Albany, the four whistle stops of Algoma, Ecru, Ingomar and New Houlka, all culminating with a grand opening finale at the trail in downtown Pontotoc.
Tanglefoot Trail runs along the abandoned tracks of the old GM&O railroad line.
Tanglefoot Trail is now owned by the GM&O Rails-to-Trails Recreational District of North Mississippi.
Three Rivers is the administrative and fiscal agent for the district.