Construction on a hiking and biking path through Mayfield is expected to begin this summer and finish by the end of the year.

Bjarne Hansen of the Purchase Area Development District, which is overseeing the administration of the grant to build the multi-use trail, said he plans on briefing the Mayfield City Council next month on the plans and may have a route map available by then.

The bikeway was first proposed in 2016, but it has had several delays, including when the grant administration transitioned from Ric Watson, formerly with the Icehouse Gallery, to the PADD office. A $632,500 Transportation Alternatives Project grant is paying 80% of the cost, with a local match of 20% from the City of Mayfield paying for the rest.

Hansen wanted to thank Watson for getting the project started and also to assure the public that it's still coming.

"We want to see this project completed," Hansen said. "We think this is a valued enhancement to our community."

The state will determine the final route for the bikeway, but it will stretch from near the Mayfield-Graves County Senior Citizens Center in the north, through downtown, near Mayfield High School and finish in the area of Kess Creek Park to the south.

The proposed route includes shared space on existing roads and some new construction, Hansen said.

"The proposed plan won't take away parking around the court square," he said, addressing one community concern directly.

Bicyclists and pedestrians on the trail will have their own lane, separate from vehicle traffic, he said, with marks on the pavement and road signs clearly showing the route.

HDR Engineering of Omaha, Nebraska, is the project's engineer. The firm also designed Paducah's Greenway Trail.