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Mountain Biking seen as economic development tool in East Alabama

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Center Point's Jonathan Mangina made his way to Calhoun County's Coldwater Mountain Biking Trail for the same reason a lot of folks come here.

" Alabama is becoming a mecca for mountain bikers, and this is one of the best trails," said Mangina.

That's why Calhoun County is looking to seize the moment. Thursday, The East Alabama Regional Planning Commission unveiled a plan to create the Coldwater Mountain Biking Trail Connection. Bike lanes would stretch from the trail up to Highway 202 to Noble Street. The lanes would intersect with a revived Chief Ladiga Trail, and head south to the multi-modal transpiration hub in south Anniston.

The county hopes it's the path to economic success, attracting biking tourists and their dollars.

"The Chief Ladiga Trail connects to the Silver Comet Trail in Atlanta," said project consultant, Rod Wilburn " The folks who are into mountain biking, typically, turn it into a long weekend. They'll be looking for lodging, restaurants".

There's no time table for the completion of the project. The projected cost is $2 million.