- Associated Press - Sunday, January 26, 2020

Opelika is developing a new a system of pedestrian and bicycle paths.

The Opelika City Council recently voted to hire a Birmingham firm to develop a master plan for the path system, The Opelika-Auburn News reported.

The aim is to create a network of paths that get people where they want to go, City Planning Director Matt Mosley said.

Sain Associates will be paid $150,000 by the city, which will recoup 80 percent of that cost through a state transportation grant, the newspaper reported.

By using a map of the city, the firm will be able to identify potential paths, while also taking into account other infrastructure plans the city may have in mind for those areas, City Engineer Scott Parker said.

The project is separate from the Creekline Trails multipurpose path plan, Parker said.

“We have other transportation needs in different parts of the city that aren’t addressed by the Creekline Plan,” he said. “Pedestrians, and safe routes to school and other issues - that aren’t identified there- but in other parts of the city that we really need to identify.”

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