Portion of old Lawrenceburg railroad will be transformed into trail

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LAWRENCEBURG, Ky. (WTVQ) – A portion of the railroad line that once connected Lawrenceburg to the Kentucky River is going to be transformed into something new, according to Lawrenceburg/Anderson County Tourism Commission.

They say though trains haven’t used the railroad line between the YKK factory and Tyrone Road since the mid-1980s, the path through the woods still exists.

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According to officials a $250,000 grant from the Kentucky Department for Local Government will provide the funding needed to have the former railroad line transformed into a Rails to Trails trail.

It  will allow people to walk or bike from Lawrenceburg all the way to Tyrone Road, just south of the Wild Turkey distillery property.

They say the highlight of the roughly two-mile-long trail will be the Cedarbrook Viaduct, an 800-foot-long, 110-foot-tall bridge that crosses over Cedarbrook Road.

It was completed in 1889 as part of the railroad project that included the better known Young’s High Bridge which spans the Kentucky River and is now owned by Vertigo Bungee.

The Cedarbrook Viaduct is still an impressive structure that will offer great views of Anderson County’s beautiful wooded areas and other natural beauty.

Along with local residents and visitors, the trail will be accessible for use for 5K races, nature walks, field trips, and other events.