Marietta officially opens river-trail extension

MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) - Marietta residents and community members were thrilled Monday to finally get to see the newly finished river-trail extension.

Mayor Joe Matthews cut the ribbon for Phase 5 of the Marietta River Trail on Monday, and everyone at the ceremony seemed excited to walk and ride across the bridge.

"Marietta is the crown jewel of Appalachia," Matthews said.

Phase 5 includes 0.84 miles of a 10-foot wide multi-use path on the banks of the Ohio River and Duck Creek.

Matthews thanked everyone involved in the process, including the city of Marietta and the Ohio Department of Transportation.

"Now are residents and visitors can safely walk and ride their bikes from one side of I-77 to the other along the scenic banks of the Ohio River," he said.

The mayor also said the new addition will be a great economic boost for the city.

The river trail is now 4.4 miles from Indian Acres Park, along the banks of the Muskingum River, through downtown Marietta, along the banks of the Ohio River, over Duck Creek, and to Cogswell Lane.

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