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Trinity Trails gets $2.1 million for extension


The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is providing more than $2.1 million to trail facilities and extend the Trinity Trails projects.

The Fort Worth Parks and Community Services Department (PACS), in cooperation with Streams & Valleys and the Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD) will use the funds, awarded through the State Transportation Enhancement Program (STEP) for the Trinity Trail Clear Fork–East Bank Extension project.

The funds will be used to connect Downtown from Old University Drive and West Rosedale (including the Mistletoe Heights Neighborhood) to the Trinity Trails. Proposed improvements include 3,500 linear feet of trail, on-street trailhead parking, staircases and ramps that access bicycle/pedestrian lanes on the Vickery Avenue Bridge, and amenities such as trail lighting, bike racks and benches. The project was selected from the Trinity River Vision Neighborhood and Recreational Enhancement Plan, a master plan guiding the development of future trails, trailheads and recreational opportunities in the Trinity River corridor.

“This is the second STEP award our department has received in just the last three years, bringing the total state funding for Trinity Trails projects to more than $6.5 million,” said Richard Zavala, director of the Parks and Community Services Department. “The funding requires local communities to provide a 20 percent match, the majority of which has been raised privately by Streams & Valleys. The local match adds another $1.5 million to these projects.”  

Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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