Ridgeview Trail

There will be two new pedestrian bridges added along the Ridgeview Trail.

The city of Allen is moving forward with a trail connection project for Ridgeview Trail.

Kate Meacham, director of parks and recreation, updated the City Council on the project at last week’s meeting.

The $1.4 million project includes eight different segments totaling approximately 1 mile. It spans the area near the future Stephen G. Terrell Recreation Center to the Cinemark area.

Meacham said segments 1, 2 and 3 total 0.22 miles. Segment 1 connects the trail to the recreation center, and segment 2 connects it to the nearby residential area.

Segment 3 connects the trail to the STEAM Center.

Meacham said since that area is heavily wooded the city is proposing a boardwalk in that segment.

“That helps us minimize the amount of trees we have to remove,” Meacham said. “We can go around and make our own path and (there would be) less concrete fill in within that area.”

Segments 4, 5 and 6 total 0.37 miles of connections. In segment 4, approximately 1,000 feet of new trail will connect Watters Trail to Spirit Park.

Segments 5 and 6 will replace an existing trail.

“With our new updated trail master plan we’ve changed our standard,” Meacham said. “Back in the late ‘90s the standard was a lot thinner trail and a lot more narrow trail. So we are switching from a 4-inch base to a 6-inch base. And we’re widening it out to 12 foot.”

Segment 6 will also include two new pedestrian bridges.

Meacham said the project will also help these segments be more ADA compliant.

Segments 7 and 8 includes mostly new trails. The project will connect the trail that had been constructed as part of the Cinemark project, go under Ridgeview and connect to a residential area.

The council is expected to award the construction contract in December. The project would begin by the first of the year and should be complete by June.

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