The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) and the Town of Monteagle have approved the contract for construction of Phase II of the Mountain Goat Trail between Monteagle and Sewanee. Construction is due to begin by August 1st.
“My thanks first to God, and then to those who began this project eight years ago, April Alvarez, Clayton Rogers, and Iva Michelle Russell, as well as those who’ve carried the project forward. I’d also like to thank Lisa Dunn and TDOT for their help. Team, let’s move some dirt!” said Monteagle Mayor Marilyn Campbell Rodman.
“ After a great deal of hard work by many, many people, Phase II of the Mountain Goat Trail is about to become a reality. We are so grateful to the Mayor and aldermen of Monteagle for making this happen,“ said Janice Thomas, board president of the Mountain Goat Trail Alliance.
The three-mile Phase II section of the Trail will extend from the Dollar General store in Monteagle west to the current terminus of the Trail on Highway 156 in Sewanee. It will create a five-mile walking and biking path linking the towns of Monteagle and Sewanee.
The Phase II project is being funded by a TDOT Transportation Enhancement grant. The MGTA funded five years of Engineering and development costs totaling over $140,000 with the help of many private citizens and foundations. At the June 30 Monteagle City Council meeting, MGTA board members presented the Town of Monteagle with a check for $85,843.68 toward construction costs for the project.
Local contractor Blevins Enterprise of Grundy County submitted the winning bid of $640,179.69 for the project.