Dallas building Battlefield Trail bridge

Progress is continuing on the Battlefield Trail bridge in Dallas in Paulding County with completion of this first phase scheduled by the end of August and the second phase from the bridge to Sara Babb Park by next year. Courtesy of city of Dallas

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Progress is continuing on the Battlefield Trail bridge in Dallas in Paulding County with completion of this first phase scheduled by the end of August and the second phase from the bridge to Sara Babb Park by next year. Courtesy of city of Dallas

By the end of August, the Battlefield Trail bridge should be completed on the hill behind the new post office in the Paulding County seat of Dallas.

On the city’s and his Facebook pages, Dallas Mayor Boyd L. Austin Jr. has given some updates this month.

The first phase of the half-mile bridge will span the Dallas Battlefield Park, the site of the Battle of Dallas in 1864, at Scott Smith Preserve.

Signage will be installed to tell the history of that Civil War battle, Austin said.

This bridge will be the length of a football field and more than 30 feet high, crossing Griffin Creek, “which teems with wildlife and native plant species,” according to Austin.

The next 1.5-mile phase will connect from the end of the bridge to Sara Babb Park, 216 Recreation Drive, and will be fully accessible, he said.

Phase II also will tie into the city’s sidewalk system on Merchants Drive and on East Memorial Drive at the library.

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