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First MAPS 3 trail under construction

Post Date:11/12/2013

(November 12, 2013) - Oklahoma City officials broke ground today on the West River Trail, the first in a series of MAPS 3 trails scheduled for construction over the next four years.

The scenic seven-mile trail begins at the southeast corner of Lake Overholser and will connect to the Oklahoma River trail.

“Bicyclists, families and tourist will enjoy the winding trails with its natural beauty and sweeping views of Crystal Lake,” Mayor Mick Cornett said. “Trail users will forget they are in the city.”

The West River Trail is expected to open by the end of 2014 and will include lighted parking lots, covered shelters and benches. The construction budget is $9.1 million.

The West River Trail trailhead begins at NW 10th and Eagle Lane, where the East Lake Overholser Trails ends. The trail will follow the North Canadian River south under Reno and Interstate 40.  It will wrap around the north side of Crystal Lake, then parallel the Oklahoma River and connect to the existing Oklahoma River Trails on the south side of Meridian Avenue near SW 15th Street.

New MAPS 3 trails will be built in several phases over the next four years with $39.5 million in MAPS 3 funds.

“Once all of the MAPS 3 trails are built, cyclists, walkers, skateboarders and rollerbladers will be able to travel through Oklahoma City’s neighborhoods between Lakes Hefner, Overholser and Draper and the Oklahoma River and back again safely along trails,” Cornett added. “Promoting healthy lifestyles is a priority for City Council.”

The seven mile trail will be bid in two segments. This first section is 3.1 miles and the second is approximately 3.9 miles long.

The MAPS 3 Sidewalks and Trails Subcommittee provides guidance to the project and is made up of nine mayor-appointed citizens: Chairman Susan Hooper, Vice Chair Zane Boatright, Russell Pace, Georgie Rasco, Hal McKnight, T. Scott Buxton, Pam Henry, Brent Gaddis and Joshua Harlow.   

The MAPS 3 subcommittees generally meet during the fourth week of the month and the meetings are open to the public. The subcommittees make recommendations about the projects to the MAPS 3 Citizen Advisory Board which makes recommendations to City Council.

Every MAPS 3 project is currently underway, either in planning, design, construction or land acquisition.

About MAPS 3
MAPS 3 is a $777 million construction program designed to improve the quality of life in Oklahoma City.  It is funded by a one-cent tax initiative that began in April 2010 and ends in December 2017. MAPS 3 funds eight projects: Downtown Convention Center, Downtown Public Park, Modern Streetcar/Transit, Oklahoma River Improvements, Oklahoma State Fairgrounds Improvements, Senior Health and Wellness Centers, Trails and Sidewalks.

Contact:  Kristy Yager
297-2550 / 863-2831

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