The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK


May 9, 2014

Kudos for keeping the price down on extension of trails

ENID, Okla. — Congrats to the city of Enid officials for deciding to extend the pedestrian trail by nearly 1.5 miles.

Kudos for keeping the price down while approving these two contracts. Paying $1 million for a mile seemed a bit much.

Between Oakwood and Garland, the 10-foot-wide, 1.1-mile-long concrete trail also will cross a drainage area.

Enid City Commissioners selected an arch-shaped bridge.

The contract for $652,468.30 will go to MTZ Construction, of Oklahoma City.

Meanwhile, the city is discussing with World Harvest Church about constructing a joint-use facility, which also could allow trail-goers to use parking there.

The church is building a new facility near the terminus on Garland.

Another .42-mile extension of the trail will arc south and eastward from Rupe to Meadowlake Park.

S.L. Madison Construction submitted the lowest bid of $209,065.

A year ago, the city budgeted $2 million for trail extensions, but has $900,000 left.

City staff told the commission they still are working on securing rights of way to build a trail northward into downtown.

As Ward 5 Commissioner Tammy Wilson said last year, the point of the trail system is to connect them.

We’re excited to see the pieces falling into place.

In celebration of the trails, Mayor Bill Shewey and the commission will walk a mile of the pedestrian trail today.

At 10 a.m., the group will depart from the Cleveland Street Trail Head and return to the same location.

Thanks for thinking of trails.

We appreciate our community planners understanding the importance of walkability in urban design.

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