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City wins big grant to build sidewalks
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TRINITY – A grant of over $1 million has been awarded to the City of Trinity to build a “pedestrian trail” that will include sidewalks in the downtown area. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) announced Thursday, July 29, that Trinity had been awarded $1,049,352 for the project. The grant was part of $76 million awarded statewide to fund 54 transportation-related enhancement projects. “We’re talking about a major sidewalk project,” Interim City Manager Buddy Drake said. “It will be right at 7,500 feet of sidewalk and includes a section that runs from downtown all the way to the (Trinity Arms) apartments on the south end of the city.” Drake and Mayor Lyle Stubbs expressed appreciation for the funds but noted they do not have a timeline set up for construction yet. “We just got the word last week that they approved the project but we don’t have the official paperwork yet,” Drake said. “I would suspect it could be up to six months before we’ll see any major movement toward construction.” Officially designated as a pedestrian walking trail, the project will be the second phase of a overall city program to improve existing sidewalks and add additional concrete trails in areas that currently have none. The new sidewalks will be either six or five feet wide. The first phase of the project was funded through a 2007 Texas Department of Agriculture Downtown Revitalization Program grant. That program paid for the sidewalk installed on the east side of Robb Street (Highway 19) between Caroline (Highway 94) and Main Street. The TxDOT grant calls for many of the remaining downtown sidewalks to be replaced, including along both sides of Main Street extending one block in both directions from Robb Street. Also included is a half-block long section along the east side of Robb Street extending south from Main Street to the drive-through lane exists for the First National Bank. The longest section of the walking trail will be a six-foot wide, 3,600-foot long concrete trail along the west side of Robb Street. Starting at Caroline Street, it will extend south past the Old Red Schoolhouse and the Trinity Community Center grounds all the way to the Alco shopping center. On the north side of the shopping center, near the Trinity Peninsula Chamber of Commerce office, the trail will angle to the east to connect to the Trinity Arms apartments, a 40-unit low-income housing complex. Also included in the plan is a five-foot wide, 2,800-foot long “loop” that will connect Lansberry Elementary School to the main trail on Robb. The plan calls for a sidewalk to be built on the north side of San Jacinto Street (south side of the Trinity Intermediate School campus) from Robb to Maple Street. The loop will then turn to the south running along the west side of Maple past the elementary school all the way to the city ball parks and the intersection of Stadium Street. It will then turn east and run along the north side of Stadium Street back to Robb. The new trail will be handicapped accessible and will be designed to allow pedestrians, wheelchair riders and bicyclists to safely travel to and through the downtown shopping area. In announcing the list of projects to be funded, Texas Transportation Commissioner Ted Houghton said the 54 selected are eligible to receive up to 80 percent reimbursement of allowable costs for the projects. In Trinity’s case, it would be responsible for 20 percent of the project’s cost and would be responsible for any cost overruns. “These projects will provide opportunities for enhancements that will compliment the transportation system by supporting hike & bike trails, visitor centers, and beautification and restoration efforts,” Houghton said. He noted that projects were selected on a competitive basis. TxDOT issued a program call for project nominations in October 2009. The 54 projects selected are the result of 200 project nominations received in response to the program call.