People looking for a healthier lifestyle will eventually get to walk or ride their bikes to the restaurants and shops in the rapidly growing Glade Parks development and travel to Colleyville and Grapevine, thanks to a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation.
Euless received a $914,000 grant from the state allowing the city to go forward with construction of the Trails of Euless western extension project that will ultimately connect the existing trails to the regional trail system in Colleyville and Grapevine, said Ray McDonald, the city’s director of parks and community services.
Euless also budgeted $350,000 for engineering costs and other expenses for the project, he said.
Last week, the City Council approved a resolution approving the funding agreement between Euless and the state.
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McDonald said that he hopes to advertise for bids in November and that construction of the trail extension, which is 7/10-mile, will start next spring and be completed in the summer.
“This is exciting. We had always hoped this day would come,” McDonald said.
The project will connect to an existing trail on the east side of Farm Road 157 and continue under the service road and under the north and southbound lanes of Airport Freeway through the Glade Parks development to Heritage Road.
There are sidewalks along Heritage Road so that bicycle riders and pedestrians can go to Colleyville, he said.
The western extension will also connect to the trail that goes to five city parks, he said. The parks are Bob Eden, Trailwood, McCormick, The Preserve at McCormick Park and the Villages of Bear Creek Park.
“There are a lot of benefits beyond health reasons. There will be nice access to paved areas not only in Euless but also in Colleyville and Grapevine,” McDonald said.