There are more opportunities for the use of alternate transportation on the campus of Arkansas State University. A ribbon cutting was held Wednesday at the site of the Pack Path’s multi use path at a bridge over Turtle Creek on the west side of campus. Chancellor Dr Kelly Damphousse said the project was made possible through a combination of federal, state and local funds.
"With the opening of this trail, the total number of miles of Pack Paths we have on campus is about ten miles long," says Damphousse. "These can be used for walking, riding, and running on our campus."
The ribbon cutting was for a section of what is known as the Campus Loop Trail. It was made possible through a combination of funds after the Marion Berry Overpass was complete, money from the Arkansas Department of Transportation, and Arkansas State University. Damphousse says Arkansas State will apply for grants to complete the campus loop trail near Aggie Road. They are applying for a $500-thousand dollar grant, which would be an 80/20 split of funds.
Student Government Assocation President Jon Mark Horton says he is excited about the trails and what will come in the future.
"I think this is great that Arkansas State is doing this for our students," says Horton. "It's great to see them utilize this at all hours. It is part of an effort to continue making this a commuter campus, where it is easy to walk to class. There are many benefits to doing this."
The next projects will be to complete the Campus Loop Trail near Aggie Road, as well as to make for better connectivity between the campus and Jonesboro.