Accomac, VA: The public is invited to an open house for review of optional routes for Phase III of the Southern Tip Bike & Hike Trail on Thursday, January 4, 2018, from 4 to 8 pm at Kiptopeke Elementary School Auditorium. Participants will review and comment on maps showing the potential routes for the trail.

Phase I of the Southern Tip Bike & Hike Trail starts at the Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Visitor Center and ends at Cedar Grove Drive. Phase II is contracted for construction in 2018 and will connect Cedar Grove Drive and Capeville Drive.

Now the feasibility of the Phase III trail is being studied as a result of the A-NPDC’s receipt of a federal grant to select routes and contract with an engineering firm to develop a preliminary engineering report that will include an analysis and recommendation as to the most feasible route for the trail.

Several optional routes have been identified and will be presented at the open house. The greatest difficulty in planning routes for Phase III from its southern terminus with Phase II at Capeville Drive has been safely crossing Route 13. Citizen input will help determine the final two routes the engineers will study.