Trinity Strand Trail Under Construction
By Spring of next year the Design District will be connected with the city’s network of paved hiking and biking trails. The efforts of volunteers and supporters has continued to push for development since the trail was first added to the City’s Trails Master Plan in 2002.
The trail will be built along the Trinity River’s original river channel, now a neighborhood drainage canal. On the opposite side of the canal a nature trail will be across from the path now under construction. The two paths will form a figure eight, connected by bridges.
The concrete portion currently under construction is funded at almost $5.4 million. Grants, bond money and fundraising have provided the current funds totaling $16 million. The portion of the trail near the Medical District is funded through bond money, totaling nearly $3.35 million and the design for the soft surface trail has been funded at $400,000. Construction costs will be determined when the design is complete, but the full vision is estimated to require about $14 million more for all phases of the project. An additional $8 million is needed for a trail that will connect the Old Meanders segment to the Katy Trail. If the Katy Trail segment were to be funded soon, it would be the next phase. Trail supporters look forward to the day when they can walk, bike, and run all the way from the Design District to Knox St.
Source: Dallas Morning News, August 16, 2013.
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