The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

September 16, 2013

City of Enid should review specifications, expectations for the next trail segment

ENID, Okla. — Next on Enid’s trails list is a one-mile extension from Oakwood to Garland, with the possibility of connecting the trail to Oakwood Mall.

Estimates show it will cost $50,000 to design and around $900,000 to build.

We’re wondering why it costs nearly $1 million to extend a jogging trail across one mile of what is mostly pasture or wheat field.

What can be done to keep the trail safe and functional but not so very expensive?

We encourage the city of Enid to review the specifications and expectations for the next segment of the trail. We trust commissioners are wondering why.

We know that over the four phases the city completed, trails have cost approximately $800,000 per mile or $150 per foot. We’d like to see a breakdown of how that $150 is spent.

Based on the city’s current layout, the estimated trail from Oakwood to Garland will be around 6,150 feet. Although it’s only a mile between points, the trail is not currently designed to be straight and obviously will have some curves.  

What will the costs be on more challenging segments of the trails system?

This newspaper and many local residents certainly support having a robust trails system in Enid, but support wanes if trails will cost more than, for example, building a new school.

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