CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KMOX) — The Katy Trail may have company soon. Discussions have begun in Cape Girardeau about the possibility of turning an abandoned railroad line into a recreational trail.

The Southeast Missourian reports that a group, SEMO Greenways, is considering working to convert about 13 miles of tracks that run from Gordonville to Delta into a rails-to-trails project. The trail would become a recreational area for cyclists, runners and hikers.

The Jackson, Gordonville and Delta Railroad owns the line but hasn’t used it since 1997.

John Dodd, owner of Cyclewerx in Cape Girardeau, said SEMO Greenways has about 15 members so far and that the group has until June 14th to formally express its interest.

Not everyone wants the trail. Some area residents see security problems and fear the trail may hurt property values. The Katy Trail, which runs along the northern side of the Missouri River from St. Charles, west, was once the old Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad with headquarters in St. Louis.

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