ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – It’s a big day for a big project the city has been working on for years, the groundbreaking on a 50-mile trail that will loop around the city. The mayor, alongside some of Albuquerque’s many bicyclists, broke ground on the project Tuesday.

Three years of planning and community discussion has led to a 50-mile activity loop around the Duke City. The first two phases will cost about $1 million. That money is coming from ‘ABQ the Plan’ funds. There will also be some traffic upgrades at lights and intersections.

The first phase will connect Uptown to Nob Hill. The goal is to connect the city with one loop and make it more attractive for cyclists, hikers and joggers.

“I think it’s a great theme to encourage people to get active and enjoy the city and open air by walking and biking and I couldn’t imagine a better place to do biking than Albuquerque,” Mark Aasmundstad of the Greater Albuquerque Bicycle Advisory Committee said.

The first stretch should be completed in September. There’s no time frame on the whole project which will run by the river, the Petroglyphs and the Sandias. The mayor says roughly 80 percent of the trails are already in place, they just need to be connected.

The price tag for the entire project is right around $20 million and it will be completed in 9 phases.