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Edmond, Midwest City trails to grow longer

Midwest City and Edmond each will receive extensions to their trail systems after the Oklahoma Transportation Commission awarded bids for the projects this past week.

"Trails are an integral part of our parks and recreation system," said Craig Dishman, Edmond's Parks and Recreation director. "It's a great opportunity for people to exercise and get out in nature in different parts of the city. If we can connect to different parks, businesses, neighborhoods or schools, that's a win-win situation for all of us."

In Edmond, commissioners awarded a bid to build nearly 0.4-mile of new trail. The trail will be built in two segments on the west side of the Interstate 35 frontage road. One segment will link the Mercy Clinic along I-35 with Fox Lake Trail behind the Walmart Supercenter and the other segment will link Fox Lake Trail with Spring Creek Trail, which passes under the interstate and goes out to Lake Arcadia.

Once complete, people will be able to walk or ride bicycles on trails all the way from the Mercy Clinic or the Fox Lake Addition to Arcadia Lake, Dishman said.

The $458,000 project was awarded to CGC LLC of Edmond and will be paid for with $388,000 in city funds and $70,000 in federal funds.

In Midwest City, plans call for the new Mid-America Trail to begin at the intersection of Midwest Boulevard and NE 10th Street and extend northwest about 0.7 mile along Soldier Creek in Mid-American Kiwanis Park to Cambridge Drive.

The trail will serve as a natural extension to the existing Soldier Creek Trail that ends at the intersection of NE 10th Street and Midwest Boulevard, said Brandon Bundy, assistant city engineer for Midwest City.

The $674,000 contract was awarded to Redlands Contracting LLC of Warr Acres and will be paid for with $539,000 in federal funds and nearly $135,000 in city funds, state transportation officials said. It is part of a master trail plan approved by the city in 2009.

The new Edmond and Midwest City trails each will be 10 feet wide and designed to accommodate pedestrians, bicyclists and individuals with disabilities. Each project is expected to take about four months to complete.

At the request of Edmond city officials, state transportation commissioners rejected plans to construct another trail in Edmond after the $4.32 million bid by Rudy Construction Co. of Oklahoma City came in more than 18% over the engineer's estimate.

Those plans called for constructing a 2.4-mile multi-use trail along State Highway 66 that would extend eastward from Midwest Boulevard.

Dishman said city officials will take another look at the plans, see if there are ways to cut costs, and likely ask that the project be rebid in late summer or early fall.

Randy Ellis

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