Plans to extend Rail Trail to Parkersburg on hold

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There's a change in plans for a group hoping to extend the North Bend Rail Trail to Parkersburg's city limits.

CSX railroad has decided not to sell a section it owns between DeBarr Trucking and Corning Park.

The North Bend Rail Trail Foundation hoped to use that property to extend the 71-mile long trail to Parkersburg. It now extends from Harrison County into Wood County.

While that's a setback, there are still plans to extend the trail.

"We just have to roll with the punches, so to speak, and we'll make do," says Mark Abbott of the foundation. "We'll actually have to figure out some ways to connect to the park and ride that's at route 50 and route 47."

CSX still plans to sell another section of former railroad property from Interstate 77 to the DeBarr site.

The foundation is seeking grant money to buy that section of roadway.