After eight years in office, Governor Markell’s advocacy for cyclists has paid of in a new trail that will bear his name.
The final, and most challenging, section of bike trail connecting Wilmington to New Castle will be known as the Jack A. Markell Trail. Wednesday’s announcement and groundbreaking on the mile long trail section cements Markell’s legacy for improving conditions for cyclists in Delaware.
The new trail extends from the DuPont Environmental Education Center at the southern edge of the Wilmington Riverfront through the Russell Peterson Wildlife Refuge before crossing the Christina River and connecting with an existing trail. That trail extends under I-495 and I-295 and runs behind the Delaware Health and Social Services campus into historic New Castle.
In June, lawmakers approved a capital spending budget that included more than $20 million in funding for biking and walking improvements. The Markell Trail will be constructed with funding from both the state and the federal government.