Progress is being made on the Armco Park Iron Ore Hiking Trail. Submitted photo

SUMMIT Kenny Messer is blazing away at the Armco Park Iron Ore Hiking Trail.

Last month the Boyd County Fiscal Court unanimously approved to reinstate Messer as the project administrator for the trail, putting the project back on track. The project was put on hold last spring by the previous Boyd County Fiscal Court administration with just one of five miles complete.

Following the fiscal court meeting Messer said he spent about five days finalizing the proposed trail routes. He said the remaining four miles of trail were recently cut over a span of two days.

Messer said the next step is to obtain signage, noting about 400 signs will be needed. Around 75 fence posts are needed as well.

Messer said he believes Paul G. Blazer High School carpentry students will assist with building overlook decks for the trail, with Boyd County High School carpentry students building footbridges. He said there will be about six to eight overlooks throughout the trail.

Messer anticipates that the trail will be complete by the end of May.

“When this is complete, not only our community, but our region will be able to enjoy it,” said Messer, adding there are several species of wildlife that can be seen along the trail including deer and turkey.

In 2017 the county was awarded a $20,000 grant from the state to help complete the trail. As part of the grant the state requires the county to contribute $5,000 to the project, which Steve Towler, previous Boyd County judge-executive, said has already been paid.

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