Irving applied for and was chosen to receive a federal Transportation Enhancement grant for $2,070,000 from the Texas Transportation Commission. The city will contribute an additional $690,000 to the grant with existing park bond funds bringing the project total to $2,760,000.

The city will apply the funding to a new hike and bike trail that will measure 12,500 linear feet of pedestrian and cycling pathway. The trail will run along Rock Island Road from Gilbert Road to Irby Lane. It will serve as an east-west link through South Irving and will provide residents a pedestrian connection from West Irving to the Centennial Park Trail system which will eventually link to Campión Trails at Mountain Creek Preserve.

“This is a real win for Irving because we competed nationally for this funding,” City Manager Tommy Gonzalez said in a news release. “The project will provide an aesthetically pleasing and safe route connecting multiple modes of transportation.”

The 10-foot-wide trail also will include intermittent seating and will serve as a pedestrian link from the West Irving TRE rail station to Centennial Park and Heritage Crossing.

The city will create landscape beds at major intersections and include pedestrian lighting. Construction should start by December 2014 and be completed by spring 2016.

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