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Turning Old Tracks into New Trails in Wicomico County

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WICOMICO COUNTY, Md. - Leaders in Wicomico County are hoping to turn something old into something new again.  Their target is a stretch of unused railroad tracks that stretch from Salisbury to Mardela Springs. And their goal is to turn those tracks into a new pedestrian and cyclist trail.

Currently those tracks, which run right through the town of Hebron, are covered in overgrown weeds and riddled with broken ties and rusty railroad spikes. The idea of turning the tracks into a new trail has several people in town excited; from nearby neighbors to town leaders who are anxious to see the potential plans for the project.  However the current tracks, and potential new trail, run right behind several people's homes in Hebron, including the home of Billy Colston.

"It would make us uncomfortable. As it is right now, nobody can approach our house from our backyard.  If they go through with this, then that would give access to the public to our backdoor, from our backyard," Colston told WBOC on Monday.

Colston, along with a handful of other people WBOC chatted with, said the idea of a new trail running through town is a good idea.  However, the hope for many of those people is any new trail that is built would be properly monitored and policed to ensure everyone's safety.

The Wicomico County Council will soon be sending a letter to the Maryland Department of Transportation asking the department to consider the tracks to trail project in its upcoming five-year budget.  But some nearby neighbors, like Colston, wouldn't mind seeing another addition to that project before the letter is sent.

"A fence.  A big fence," said Colston.  "So that people don't have access to my backyard."

Before Wicomico County leaders send that letter to MDOT, the council will be holding a public hearing on the project.  Neighbors from Salisbury to Mardela Springs are encouraged to attend Tuesday morning's council meeting at 10:30 to discuss their ideas and concerns about the potential project.

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