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Louisville Loop one step closer to completion

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A more than two-and-a-half mile section from Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing, to the Mill Creek Generating Station was dedicated on Tuesday. A more than two-and-a-half mile section from Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing, to the Mill Creek Generating Station was dedicated on Tuesday.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Louisville Loop is one step closer to completion. 

A more than two-and-a-half mile section from Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing, to the Mill Creek Generating Station was dedicated on Tuesday.

The project also includes a new trailhead near the Mill Creek Generating Station, as well as a parking area, a drinking fountain, bike racks and benches.

Eventually, the Louisville Loop will include 100 miles of pavement circling the city and connecting parks. Tuesday, the new 2.66 mile path opened and is ready for walkers, runners and bikers. The scenic path of the Ohio River Levee Trail starts at the Mill Creek Station. It connects all the way to downtown, creating a 25 mile ride for bikers like Andy Murphy. "If you leave from downtown, you see the downtown area, then you come through the neighborhoods, then you come through Rubbertown. then you come out here to where it's beautiful, almost farm country. you see hawks and eagles and horses, you see everything out here. it's just a beautiful - it feels like you're somewhere else," he said.

The Louisville Loop has been coming together piece by piece, ever since the massive plan was announced 10 years ago. "I think that it says we get it, a healthy active lifestyle is something that we need to nurture and .encourage people to do and give them some place to do it. I think that this says Louisville gets is," said Andy Murphy, president of the Louisville Bicycle Club.

Right now, the loop is 40% finished. It will eventually circle the whole city. It could be another decade or two before the Louisville Loop is finished. Mayor Greg Fischer says he has a plan that would finish it in six months.

City leaders celebrated the progress, but there is still a lot of work left to finish the loop. For funding and construction costs, the city needs about $75 million. "We will piece that together over the next decade or two if we keep going as we are. With the local option sales tax, if the citizens had the right to vote on it we could raise the money to complete the Louisville loop in 6 months," Mayor Greg Fischer declared.

Fischer has been pushing for a local option sales tax to help finish projects like the Louisville Loop. State lawmakers have not passed it. In the meantime, those who love exploring can enjoy the different paths of progress on the looming Louisville Loop. 

By next spring, about half of the Louisville Loop will be finished.

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