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SPEEDWAY, Ind. — Around $25 million is what Gov. Eric Holcomb is dishing out to communities in twelve Indiana counties to improve, connect, and extend walking trails.

One of the communities getting a good chunk of that funding is the town of Speedway. Town Manager Jacob Blasdel says nearly $5 million will be used to connect parts of the B&O Trail and also extend it to the White River and to the Cultural Trail which will connect the town of Speedway to Indianapolis.

“This is big to the town of Speedway,” Blasdel said. “This is connecting out trail system in with Indianapolis. There’s also things around the month of May that people can use the trail for that, but it’s going to be a year round benefit for the town.”

Gov. Holcomb calls the move both a health and an economic development initiative.

“We’ve heard from so may folks who want to create a better quality of place, better quality of life,” he said. “This will give them the amenities to get connected to one another.”

Good portions of grant money will also be used for the Pufferbelly Trail in Allen County, the Pennsy Greenway Northwest Trail in Lake County, and the Karst Farm Greenway in Monroe County.

A little bit of money is also going towards keeping up trails around the Monon High Bridge in Delphi, which is where Abby Williams and Libby German were found murdered two years ago.