Julie Happy

Where are we at with the Ben Burr Trail?

Julie Happy, Division Communication Manager of Business and Developer Services, No Phone Number Available

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 8 a.m.

Where are we at with the Ben Burr Trail?

The Ben Burr Trail is moving forward in design and on schedule to be built this year. Many in the community are excited by the pending improvements. Others still have reservations.

Understanding the trail is important to the neighborhood and that some of its residents are hesitant about the improvements harming its natural path, City staff and Council recommended a listening session on the trail. The idea was to bring representatives from both the neighborhood and biking communities together for a trail walk to hear what is most important to both groups on the design.

City Engineers, Council members, members of the East Central Community, a representative from the Bicycle Advisory Board, and another community representative walked the trail with them on March 7.

To see a review of the committee’s walk of the Ben Burr Trail and the resulting design decisions, please download Ben Burr Trail Improvements (PDF 4.2 MB)

A synopsis of the findings discusses trail width, tree and plant preservation, maintaining the beauty of the trail, and bike speeds.

The funding for the Ben Burr project comes from two federal sources:

  • Design funds: Surface Transportation Program (STP)
  • Right of way funds: STP and Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ)
  • Construction funds: STP

To look at the presentation please download EC Subsequent Public Presentation (PDF 4.5 MB)

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