Written by Staff
As Irving’s population continues to grow, City leaders continuously look for ways to enhance Irving’s appeal as an ever-more mobile city.
Driving toward that goal, the City applied for and was chosen to receive a federal Transportation Enhancement Grant totaling $2,070,000 from the Texas Transportation Commission. The City will contribute an additional $690,000 to the grant with existing park bond funds bringing the project total to $2,760,000.
The City will apply the funding to a new hike and bike trail that will measure 12,500 linear feet of pedestrian and cycling pathway and run along Rock Island Road from Gilbert Road to Irby Lane. It will serve as an east-west link through South Irving and will provide residents a pedestrian connection from West Irving to the Centennial Park Trail system which will eventually link to Campión Trails at Mountain Creek Preserve.
“This is a real win for Irving because we competed nationally for this funding,” said Irving City Manager Tommy Gonzalez. “The project will provide an aesthetically pleasing and safe route connecting multiple modes of transportation.”
The 10-foot-wide trail also will include intermittent seating and will serve as a pedestrian link from the West Irving TRE rail station to Centennial Park and Heritage Crossing.
The City will create landscape beds at major intersections and include pedestrian lighting. Construction is anticipated to begin by December 2014 and should be completed by spring 2016.
Source: City of Irving