LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The goal of connecting three southern Indiana cities moved one step closer to reality on Friday morning, when officials broke ground on the final leg of the Ohio River Greenway.

The plan to create a multi-purpose path connecting Jeffersonville, Clarksville and New Albany began more than two decades ago.

The Lewis and Clark Trail will consist of an approximately 1.3-mile stretch of the nearly 8-mile Ohio River Greenway -- and officials say it's going to be used for a lot more than just recreation.

"When this is completed, the amount of bicycle traffic -- in particularly going between New Albany and Clarksville and Jeffersonville -- is going to dramatically increase, and I believe a lot of those bicyclists will be commuting to work, even into Louisville," said Phil Hendershot of the Ohio River Greenway Commission.

The Lewis and Clark Trail will connect Clarksville to New Albany, and includes the building of a new bridge over Silver Creek. It's expected to be complete in the summer of 2018.

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