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The Paris City Council has approved an amended application to the Texas Department of Transportation’s statewide transportation enhancement program for funding of a 2.36-mile Trail de Paris addition in west Paris.
On Oct. 22, the council approved the initial application, but the project has changed twice since then, primarily because Kiamichi Railroad is in the process of being sold. The city wants to acquire land where crossing of the track is involved near the old depot at Bonham and 11th Street.
Shawn Napier, director of engineering, planning and development, said the project would provide a transportation corridor between Heritage Park, Justiss Elementary “Safe Routes to School” project, Leon Williams Park, Boys & Girls Club, Red River Valley Fairgrounds, and T.G. Givens School.
“This project is part of the overall master plan for the Trail de Paris,” Napier said.
The cost of the project has gone up by almost one third from when it was first proposed at $533,260 – to $696,207, Napier said.
The TxDOT grant requires a minimum city match of a minimum of 20 percent, but the more city involvement, the better its chances. Napier estimated the city’s involvement at $181,014, which would not be required until the 2013-2014 budget year.
The city also would be responsible for $90,000 for engineering costs, driving the total to $271,014.
The city’s responsibility would be offset by local grants in the amount of $43,000 – with more possibly to come – secured by Trail de Paris advocate Earl Erickson:
Also, Campbell Soup has made a request to its corporate office for a donation to the project, Napier said.
The plan “will provide improved access and safety for bicyclists and pedestrians to join neighborhoods, schools, parks, fairgrounds, and the local boys and girls club,” Napier said.
By CHARLES RICHARDS